South Hill Car Accident Lawyer

Have you been injured in a car accident? If so, the skilled attorneys at Ladenburg Law are ready to help. Our family firm has helped many people in South Hill get the compensation they deserve. And let’s get this part out of the way right now: you owe us nothing unless we win your case. To get started, give us a call at 253.272.5226. We’ll schedule a free, no-obligation consultation about your car accident. Contact a South Hill car accident lawyer today to get started.

What Should I Do After my Car Accident in South Hill?

After a car crash, your adrenaline is surging, and you may well be hurt. Take a deep breath and then work through as many of these steps as you can.

  • Assess injuries. If you or your passengers are seriously hurt, call 911.
  • Call the police to the scene. In South Hill, a police officer can make a report about the accident, which may help your case. Ask for a copy.
  • Get the other driver’s information. Make sure to write down the other driver’s contact information, including their license and insurance details.
  • Collect witness information. If there are any witnesses, ask for their names and contact details.
  • Snap photos. Take as many pictures of the cars and scene as possible, both close-ups and wide shots. This is important before vehicles are moved and critical evidence may be lost.
  • Seek medical care right away. We recommend you see the doctor immediately. Sometimes, you may initially feel fine only to realize you’re hurt several days later. Getting assessed early is important for your healing as well as documentation.
  • Call your insurance company to file a claim. Open a claim with your insurance company as soon as you’re able.

One thing you should not do is discuss who was at fault at the scene. Stick to exchanging information with the other driver. Let our South Hill car accident attorneys put the pieces together to determine who’s really at fault.

How Can I Stop the Insurance Company from Calling so Much?

As we mentioned, you should open a claim with the insurance company. But don’t be surprised if your phone starts ringing off the hook shortly after. Sometimes to get the calls to stop, you may say or do things that can hurt your claim.

Whatever you do, we advise that you not provide a recorded statement to the insurance company about what happened. And take care about signing any documents.

It can be easy to be swayed by friendly agents, who seem to be on your side. Remember, ultimately the agent’s job is to reduce their company’s losses.

Once you agree to work with one of our South Hill car accident attorneys, these phone calls stop. This is one of the great benefits of working with Ladenburg Law. We’ll deal with the insurance representatives, so you don’t have to.

Do I Need a South Hill Attorney for my Car Accident?

We recommend you speak to an attorney after a car collision.

Here’s why: there is no charge for an initial meeting at Ladenburg Law. It’s free legal advice – why not take it? Even if you decide to proceed on your own, you might take away a few useful tips that will help you.

Here’s what you can expect if you choose Ladenburg Law:

  • No more phone calls from pesky insurance agents. We’ll deal with the insurance companies so you don’t have to.
  • All sources of funds exhausted. Sometimes, we’re able to file a claim against more than one insurance policy or party. We’ll consider all angles.
  • More money in your pocket. We’ll work to pay lienholders the minimum amounts possible, putting more money in your pocket.
  • Personable service. We’re happy to help you every step of the way.

Having an attorney on your side increases the value of the claim. Why? Because it sends the message to the insurance company that you are prepared to go to trial. Call us at 253.272.5226 to investigate your claim while the details and evidence is still fresh.

What if the Other Driver Didn’t Have Insurance?

Even though the State of Washington requires drivers carry insurance, about 20% do not.

The good news is that it’s possible that you can file a claim under your own policy if you’re hit by an uninsured driver. Review your policy or ask your agent if you have uninsured motorists’ coverage. Still not sure? We are happy to assist and explore your legal options.

How Much of a Settlement can I Receive?

While we get this question quite often, unfortunately, there’s no quick or easy answer. Everybody’s situation is different, so settlements can vary greatly.

In general, here are some of the damages we’ll work to recover:

  • Medical bills (including anticipated future expenses)
  • Lost wages
  • Disability
  • Pain and suffering

We’ll help you understand your damages when we sit down for our initial meeting. Keeping a journal of your life post-accident can really help. Jot down any expenses, cancelled activities, impact on your day to day life, and pain level.

When will I Receive my Settlement?

Once you’ve completed your medical treatment, we’ll send a demand to the insurance company for the settlement. The reason we wait until your treatment is completed is because it’s then we know the true cost of your accident. Once you’ve settled, you cannot go back and request more money. So, it’s important that we understand the total impact of your injuries.

After we’ve sent the demand to the insurance company, we wait for their offer. It it’s somewhat reasonable, we’re can usually negotiate a settlement. Often, the offer is so low that we may recommend filing a lawsuit. Cases that go to trial can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years.

No matter what, we’ll keep you informed of your legal options at every stage of the process.

Call a South Hill Car Accident Attorney Today for a Free Consultation

To schedule a free consultation about your car accident, call Ladenburg Law. A South Hill car accident lawyer could also meet you at your home or hospital if you can’t make it to the office. Just let us know.

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