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When to Get a Lawyer for a Car Accident

Written by: Dale G Casares Portrait Dale Casares
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Following a car accident, most car accident victims are left to deal with severe injuries and rising medical bills on their own. Even more, insurance companies offer a low settlement that may be just a fraction of what you need to recover. Please consider that insurance companies do not have your best interest in mind, but they try to minimize your compensation as little as possible. Additionally, insurance companies might pressure you into signing a settlement too fast, and you may receive less compensation than you need to cover your medical expenses.

The moment you have been injured in a car accident, a clock starts ticking. The first medical bills will start coming, and you could end up with a financial burden you don’t know how to solve. At this stage, contacting an experienced car accident lawyer is the best solution. The sooner you call a lawyer, the sooner you can obtain the compensation you fully deserve for your car accident. Here at Mountain States Injury Law, LLC, we offer free case evaluations so you can fully understand your legal options and seek financial recovery that somewhat covers your losses.

When to Seek Legal Representation after a Car Accident?


There is no law in the United States mandating that you need to hire a car accident lawyer when you’re seeking compensation. Most car accident victims choose to contact a law firm so that they can focus entirely on their health and recovery while pursuing legal actions. As a car crash victim, you have the right to seek legal representation at any time throughout the car accident process. Whether you’re looking to hire a lawyer when filing your personal injury claim or pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, you can get legal counsel at any point.

However, the sooner you contact a car accident lawyer, the better. While they might not guarantee a specific outcome for your personal injury case, they will run an in-depth investigation, gather evidence to prove the other’s driver’s negligence, and handle the negotiation with insurance companies on your behalf. Truth be told, it may go a long way in managing your car accident process, as you can prioritize your physical recovery and spend time with your loved ones.

Signs that You Can Benefit from Contacting a Car Accident Lawyer


While not all the people involved in car accidents may need legal representation, you can only benefit from hiring a personal injury lawyer in many circumstances. For starters, they can negotiate a higher settlement or even take your case to court. These circumstances include:

Severe Injuries

The more severe your injuries are, the more money will be at stake. But this also means that insurance companies will try to lowball you. Don’t get us wrong. A severe injury doesn’t necessarily involve hospitalization or surgery. Anything from a broken bone, to long-term treatment to joint injuries that require injections, can represent severe injuries.

You’re Not Certain about How Severe Your Injuries Are

You may often wonder if the initial treatment is working or start questioning if your health will ever improve. At this stage, contacting a car accident lawyer is your ideal option. Lawyers will not only help you find the right specialists for your injuries, but they will hold the insurance company responsible for the full long-term costs (and not just for what has been diagnosed so far).

You’re Concerned That You Can’t Afford Paying the Treatment 

Auto accident injuries carry a significant financial burden. If you are ever worried about how you will pay for medical expenses or treatments, your insurance representatives are not offering you enough compensation. A car accident lawyer will negotiate on your behalf to seek the maximum compensation possible, covering damages like medical expenses, lost wages, future earning capacity, pain and suffering, or property damage.

The Insurance Company is Blaming You

This method takes various forms. For example, insurance companies can say that you didn’t report your injuries soon enough or you’ve made them worse by not getting medical treatment. That’s how insurance companies are letting you know that they won’t pay for your injuries. If this describes your situation, you need legal representation immediately.

The Insurance Company is Not Taking Your Injuries as Seriously as You Do

It’s fair to say that insurance companies don’t have your best interest at heart at all. Their main goal is to pay you the minor compensation possible. Once they have put an amount on your diagnosis, they won’t care if the treatment is working or not. You don’t have to go through this. Get a car accident lawyer to represent your interests, and force the insurance companies to take you seriously.

Other Circumstances

As you can see, if your accident has been severe or somewhat complex, it’s necessary to seek legal representation as soon as possible. If the following situation applies to you, call a lawyer immediately:

  • A car accident where the fault is not clearly determined
  • A car accident that causes severe injuries to you or someone dear
  • A car crash involving other motorists, such as motorcyclists
  • You disagree with the police report
  • The car accident involved an underinsured or uninsured driver
  • Insurance representatives send mixed messages or try to confuse you
  • Collisions that resulted in considerable property damage
  • Problems dealing with insurance limits or car repairs
  • You missed work due to the accident-related injuries

In most cases, you either have two or three years to file your personal injury claim. While it may seem like enough time, valuable evidence can be lost within a few weeks. That’s why it’s recommended to contact a car accident lawyer as soon as you can, even if you don’t want to file a lawsuit.

Mountain States Injury Law, LLC Can Help You with Your Car Accident Case


If you were involved in a car accident and sustained severe injuries, you may not be able to face the medical expenses or lost wages. Additionally, if another driver’s negligent or reckless behavior has caused the car accident, you deserve fair compensation to return to your life. While you’re wondering when it’s the right time to hire a lawyer, the better answer is, as soon as possible.

Here at Mountain States Injury Law, LLC, we are here for you whenever you need us. Do not let a reckless and negligent driver get away with causing you a financial and emotional burden without facing the legal consequences. Call us now for a free car accident consultation, or fill out the contact form to get a quick call back. Our legal team will advise and guide you through every step of the car accident legal process while giving you peace of mind so you can focus on your health and healing.

Focus on getting well, and let us handle the nitty-gritty legal and insurance matters. You don’t have to endure the insurance claims process alone. Contact Mountain States Injury Law today to find a path forward from your car accident and get back on your feet. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, don’t wait too long to get the legal representation you need. Call our car accident lawyers today to discuss your legal options. We’re ready to help you get maximum compensation for your car accident claim.

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