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If you were in a car accident recently, you may want to have your case reviewed by a car accident lawyer. These cases can be complicated and challenging to obtain the compensation you deserve. Before you talk to an attorney, please learn about the most common myths in car accident cases below.
First, many people think that any kind of attorney can handle your car accident claim. In reality, personal injury lawyers have a lot of specialized experience that is essential to getting compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Having the type of experience in car accident cases that results in big settlements and verdicts requires years of training and experience. You don’t want to have a real estate attorney handling your car accident case because it will rarely get you the money you need.
Next, many car accident claims end in settlement. But it is another myth that all car accident cases result in a settlement so your attorney doesn’t need to have trial experience. The reason this is a mistake is that insurance companies make money by paying as little as possible on claims. They do that by being tough negotiators in settlements. But they will know if they are up against a car accident lawyer who has an excellent record at trial.
If you have that attorney in your corner, you may get a bigger settlement because they know it’s likely that the attorney will get a bigger number in a trial. Hire an attorney with a solid track record at trial and you are better off.
Also, you may think that if you don’t have a lot of pain or broken bones, you don’t have a strong case. You could have a serious injury from a car accident that does not give you pain for days or even weeks. You should be seen by a medical professional as soon as possible after the car accident to ensure that any injury you have is tied to the accident. Your personal injury attorney will review your case and injuries and can tell you if you have a chance for substantial compensation, even if you don’t have a lot of pain right now.
On a related note, you may think that you walked away from the car crash without any pain, so you don’t have to worry about a doctor. Your car accident attorney can probably tell you about many cases where the person didn’t think they were hurt. But they didn’t see a doctor and they ended up with serious injuries – without compensation from the insurance company.
If you don’t see a doctor for a week or two, the insurance company will insist your injury isn’t connected to the accident.
And, if you had a previous injury that was aggravated in the accident, you can still get compensation. It isn’t true that you cannot get compensation if you had a previous injury. Insurance companies want plaintiffs to believe this so they don’t bother with a lawsuit.
Last, the other driver’s insurance company may tell you that you must give them a recorded statement after the car accident. In reality, you are not required to interact with the other insurance company at all. In fact, you shouldn’t talk to them unless you have your attorney with you.
The insurance company can take almost anything you say about the accident and use it against you later. You should not talk to the insurance company alone or let them record your conversation. Only do it if your attorney is with you.