If you experienced a car crash or motor vehicle accident, you may face serious injuries, lost wages due to your inability to return to the workplace, property damage, pain and suffering, and the arduous task of attempting to negotiate with unscrupulous insurance companies in order to receive the compensation you deserve. If you suffered injuries or losses in a car crash, contact our experienced car accident attorneys at Labrum Law Firm at (615) 338-9500 to help you navigate all of the moving parts, and ensure your legal rights are preserved.
Should You Contact a Car Accident Lawyer After a Car Crash?
There are several circumstances where a minor car accident only caused some surface damage to a vehicle and no parties were injured in the accident. Motor vehicle accidents that occur at low rates of speed often cause only superficial damage. However, it is important to understand that many victims of car crashes believe their accident was minor, when in fact they develop serious symptoms of injuries hours or days after the car accident. In other cases, a victim of a car accident may discover that the property damage to their vehicle is much more substantial than originally believes. The following are some questions a victim should seriously consider to help them determine if they should contact a car accident lawyer after their car crash.
Did You Suffer Any Serious Injuries?
If you suffered any kind of any injury following a car crash, you should seek immediate medical evaluation and treatment. Many injuires do not present themselves as serious after the accident, but in the hours and days after the accident, the victim may discover that their injuries are more severe than originally thought. In all cases, a victim should seek the advice of a medical professional regarding their injuries. Consider the following questions to determine if your injuries are serious:
- Did you need to go by ambulance from the scene of the motor vehicle accident?
- Did you go to the emergency room?
- Did you need to stay at the hospital for any length of time?
- Did diagnostic tests show that you have an injury?
- Did you need to visit more than one doctor as a result of your injury, or make multiple or ongoing visits to the same doctor or specialist?
- Did you receive a diagnosis that your medical condition resulting from the car accident will need days, weeks or months to heal?
- Did you receive a diagnosis that you have a long-term disability in any way?
- Will your diagnosis require any kind of ongoing or permanent treatment?
- Did you need (or will you need) surgery?
If you needed any kind of medical treatment as a result of your car accident, you likely have out-of-pocket medical expenses as well as pain and suffering. If you can answer yes to any of the questions above, you should consider visiting with an experienced car accident lawyer at Labrum Law Firm to help ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Does Your Vehicle Need Repair or Replacement?
Insurance companies often try to use manipulative tactics to avoid paying full repair or replacement costs to victims. If your vehicle has any damage that needs any kind of repair or replacement, then visiting with an experienced car accident lawyer can help ensure that you receive the financial compensation you deserve to replace or repair your vehicle.
Were You Unable To Work For Any Period of Time After Your Car Crash?
Shockingly, the Center for Economic Policy and Research indicates that one-fourth of all employees in the United States have no paid sick or vacation time. As a result, if a victim has injuries that require them to stay home from work due to their injuries suffered from a car accident, they may lose wages, bonuses, employee benefits, pension contributions, vacation leave, sick leave, and more. You have a right to receive that compensation from the negligent party that caused your car crash.
Are You Finding it Difficult to Deal with the Insurance Company?
Insurance companies attempt to avoid paying full and fair settlements to victims of car accidents. Oftentimes, they use unscrupulous and manipulative tactics to trick victims into accepting settlement amounts that are much lower than they deserve. Some of the tactics of insurance companies including recording conversations, requesting full medical histories, sending checks in the hopes that a victim will cash them and end the claim, or using stall and delay tactics so that a victim loses the opportunity to file a claim within the time frame allowed under Tenn. Code Ann. § 28-3-104(1) (statute of limitations deadline). If you are finding it challenging to receive a fair and just settlement with an insurance company, consider visiting with an experienced car accident lawyer at Labrum Law Firm to help ensure you receive the compensation you deserve under the law.
Do You Feel Overwhelmed?
The most important question to ask regarding whether or not you should contact a car accident lawyer after your car crash is whether or not you feel overwhelmed with any part of the process. Consider the following questions:
- Do you feel you will need any expert witnesses?
- Do you believe that you need an independent investigation for your car accident to prove liability?
- Is the negligent party claiming that they were not at fault for your car accident?
- Were multiple vehicles involved in your car crash?
- Was a manufacturing defect to blame for your car accident?
If you simply feel overwhelmed regarding all of the moving legal parts that exist with respect to a car crash, you are not alone. Most victims find comfort in visiting with an experienced car accident lawyer in order to better understand their legal rights with respect to their unique set of facts and circumstances.
Contact an Experienced Nashville Car Accident Lawyer Today at Labrum Law Firm
If you feel you have unanswered questions regarding your injuries, loss of wages, property damage, how to obtain compensation for pain and suffering, how to properly negotiate with insurance companies, and how to calculate the entire amount you are owed as a result of your car crash, consider visiting with our compassionate attorneys at Labrum Law Firm at (615) 338-9500 today for a free consultation.