This week’s post is going to focus on how to know when you should contact a lawyer after being involved in an accident. We’ve had an influx of emails lately of people wanting to share their stories, and they all have one thing in common: they didn’t get justice because they didn’t think they had a case or weren’t sure if they should contact an attorney.
We reached out to a Hastings personal injury lawyer who told us one of the best ways to tell if you should call a lawyer is if someone else is at fault for the accident you were involved in. In some cases, it can be a challenge to determine who is responsible for causing an accident, but this is exactly the circumstance in which you should contact a lawyer.
If you are unsure whether you have a case, the vast majority of qualified personal injury lawyers are going to be willing to meet with you to discuss the details of your case free of charge. At this time, they may need to open up an investigation and begin gathering evidence to determine who should be held accountable for the injuries you sustained.
Personal injury lawyers will also frequently work on contingency, which means you won’t have to pay anything out-of-pocket for their services unless or until they win your case. So there is no further financial risk to you in reaching out to a lawyer.
Even if someone else is at fault for the accident, you may be wondering whether you have suffered “enough” to warrant pursuing a lawsuit. The good news is that in civil court, you are entitled to “be made whole” for the injuries you sustained. Basically, this means you should be compensated for every way in which your life has been impacted by the accident you were involved in.
This doesn’t just include monetary losses, either. You can certainly seek compensation for your medical bills, property damage, and lost wages, but you are also able to recover compensation for non-financial losses.
Some of the most frequently sought after non-economic damages in a personal injury lawsuit include pain and suffering, loss of companionship and love, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, scarring, inconvenience, disfigurement, and reputational damage.
You have nothing to lose by picking up the phone and calling a personal injury injury to discuss your legal options. Doing so could be life-changing.