How soon after my automobile accident should I retain an attorney?

If you or a loved one was injured or someone died as a result of your crash, you do not want to delay in contacting an attorney. After you receive the medical treatment you need, your next priority should be hiring an experienced car accident attorney who can help you build your case and file your claim for compensation with the negligent driver’s insurance company. Unfortunately, settling a claim is often a battle for accident victims and having an experienced attorney at your side can increase the likelihood of receiving what your claim is worth.

Why Hiring an Attorney Soon After Your Car Crash Is So Important

When you must file a claim for compensation, you want to do everything right so that you receive what you deserve. Retaining an attorney soon after a wreck can help you achieve your goal. Here’s why doing so is important:

Preserving evidence.

Evidence can be lost if it is not preserved soon after an automobile accident. An attorney can thoroughly investigate the accident scene to discover business surveillance tapes of your crash and evidence like tire track marks, photographs, and more that could prove the other drivers’ negligence. If the investigation is not done quickly, some of this important evidence could be lost.

Interviewing witnesses.

Witnesses are much easier to locate soon after the accident. They can move or their memories of what happened can fade if they are not interviewed soon after the incident.

Avoiding mistakes.

By hiring an attorney right away, you can avoid making inadvertent mistakes, such as saying something you didn’t mean to the adjuster, or agreeing to give a recorded statement. These innocent mistakes could result in you having to settle for less than what your claim could have been worth.

Collecting medical records.

Your medical records and medical expert testimony will be key to proving your injuries. An attorney can begin collecting this information right away to ensure it is complete and does not get lost. He can also hire the appropriate medical expert for your case.

Negotiating with the insurance company.

You want to leave all the communications and negotiations with the negligent driver’s insurance adjuster to an attorney. By hiring an attorney right away, you avoid being convinced to settle your claim for less than you deserve.

Avoiding delaying too long to sue.

An experienced car accident attorney will know the statute of limitations—the deadline you have to file your lawsuit—in Nevada and will file your civil lawsuit before this important deadline expires.

Have You Been Involved In A Henderson Or Las Vegas Car Accident?

If you’ve been injured in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Henderson office directly at 702.405.6000 to schedule a free initial consultation.

Why Work with us?

Finding the right lawyer to represent your injury case can be extremely frustrating. However, with 35 years worth of experience and insider knowledge of how insurance companies work, the Jones Wilson law firm stands out from the crowd. Other attorneys pick and choose their clients based on case notoriety, but we’re here to help you, no matter how large or small your case.
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