Why do You Need an Attorney After an Automobile Accident?
on March 14, 2014 by George Panagiotopouloson March 14, 2014
When you are involved in a car wreck caused by another party’s negligence, your first instinct may be to try to handle the matter yourself. However, it is important to understand that attempting to represent yourself may cost you more than you realize.
People who represent themselves often do not obtain all of the necessary medical care they need after their accident, especially if their injury is not extensive or readily apparent. They rush to settle, or worse, or pressured into settling before the extent of their personal injury is fully understood.
Insurance adjusters are often quick to offer you money to settle in exchange for a release of all claims. They will tell you that there is no need to involve attorneys or to incur expensive legal fees. They have learned that the quicker you settle, the less they will have to pay. As a result, you receive a small payment and waive your right to recover for damages you may not even be aware of yet.
An experienced personal injury lawyer is familiar with the tactics used by insurance adjusters and their attorneys. We fight for your full and fair compensation to cover your injuries now and in the future. Thus, when you are contacted by an adjuster regarding your accident, you should immediately tell him/her that you are represented by legal counsel and advise the adjuster to contact your lawyer directly.
Most importantly, do not sign ANYTHING an insurance adjuster gives you until you have our legal team review it. If you sign a release without letting us review it, you risk of forfeiting or limiting your rights and the full compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured by another party’s negligence, contact Slater, Tenaglia, Fritz & Hunt to schedule a free initial consultation. We can help you understand your legal options and how you can recover for your medical bills and other damages suffered from the accident. If you need assistance, or are interested in learning more, please contact us by phone at (201) 820-6001 in New Jersey or (212) 692-0200 in New York. We can also be found on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Youtube and on the Internet. All personal injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means there is no risk to you.