If you are like many people who have been injured, you are wondering how long to wait after an accident to call a personal injury lawyer. There are multiple reasons that people think it is a good idea to wait – perhaps they believe that the sooner they call a lawyer the higher their legal fees will be or they think that they need to finish medical treatment in order to be able to recover the full amount of their medical bill when they do file a claim.
Unlike many issues in the law that have complicated, nuanced answers, the answer to “when should I call a lawyer after an accident” is clear – you should retain legal counsel as soon as you can. Here are some reasons why.
The timing of retaining an attorney will not affect your legal fees
Personal injury lawyers generally do not charge hourly fees. Rather, they usually employ a contingent fee arrangement with their clients, which means they take a percentage of any recovery obtained.
An attorney will pursue future medical expenses
While it is true that it is important to wait for certain assessments regarding your injuries to be made prior to settling or filing a lawsuit, it is not the case that you need to finish medical treatment first. In fact, the law allows injured victims to recover for future medical expenses, and your lawyer will help you figure out what those may be.
Retaining an attorney sooner rather than later will protect your rights
Many injured victims are surprised to learn that the things that they say and do after an accident can affect their ability to recover compensation. For example, statements you make to the insurance company may imply that you were partially at fault, and things you post on social media may be used as evidence that your injuries are not as serious as you are claiming. When you retain a lawyer, he or she will communicate with the insurance company on your behalf and advise you about how your actions could affect your legal rights.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by someone else, you should contact our office immediately. To schedule a free case evaluation with a Phoenix personal injury lawyer, call our office today at 602-759-0012 or contact us online.