Do I Need an Attorney for a Car Accident Case?
No attorney will tell you that it is essential to hire legal representation for a car accident case, but many will highly advise it. There are many complications that can arise even in the most basic car accident claims. If you are involved in a car accident, the first thing you'll likely to is file a claim by notifying your insurance company. If another driver or drivers were involved, they will do the same thing and notify their insurer of the accident. The insurance companies will then begin the process of evaluating the claim against the claimants' insurance policies as well as investigate the accident to determine who was at fault. There are a few things that could happen at this point.
In an idea situation, your insurer would notify you that the other driver was completely liable for the accident and you will be receiving maximum financial compensation for property damage as well as bodily injury. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. You may find that the settlement you receive is unfavorable. Whether it comes back denied completely or lower than you expected, your claim deserves a second look. You can potentially request a reconsideration from the insurance company, but most of the time the insurance company will stick to its original decision.
The insurance company may also have wrongfully shifted liability onto you, which could lower the total amount you could receive. When a claim comes back with an unfavorable result, a car accident lawyer can be extremely helpful in this situation. Contact Shook & Stone for aggressive representation in pursuing the compensation you deserve after an auto accident.