If you suffered injuries in a car accident, you may seek compensation for your medical bills and other losses through a car accident claim. Retaining a car accident lawyer can improve your chances of a positive outcome. Plus, you’ll have peace of mind knowing a car accident lawyer is handling your claim so you can focus on your own recovery.
So, how do you know when to get an attorney for a car accident?
In this post, we’ll explore this question in two different ways:
- What are the circumstances in which you would benefit most from having a lawyer?
- How soon after your accident should you retain one?
When Should You Hire a Lawyer for Your Car Accident Claim?
Contact a lawyer as soon as possible after a car crash that results in injuries. The sooner you retain a lawyer, the sooner they can build a strong case to support your claim.
Car accident cases that cannot resolve through negotiations can go to court, but states have strict deadlines by which plaintiffs must file these cases. For example, Nebraska’s statute of limitations for car accidents is typically four years from the injury. If you lost a loved one in a fatal car accident, you have just two years from their death to file a wrongful death claim.
While some rare exceptions can shorten or lengthen this deadline, you can only pursue compensation through the court if you file your lawsuit within this timeframe.
Four years may seem like a long time to file a case in civil court, but strong cases take time to build. Over time, supporting evidence can grow more difficult to obtain, making it harder to prove your case.
What Impact Does a Car Accident Have on an Injured Person and Their Family?
The impact of a car accident goes beyond the physical injuries, though these most often come to mind. Recovery may require hospitalization, surgeries, physical therapy, and long-term medical care. In some cases, you may suffer permanent and debilitating injuries.
However, a severe car accident can also have significant emotional, financial, and practical effects on the injured person and their family members.
Car accidents often result in emotional trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and a fear of driving or being in a vehicle again. Family members may also experience emotional distress from seeing their loved one injured or dealing with the aftermath.
Substantial medical expenses can include hospital bills, doctor’s fees, prescription medications, and rehabilitation costs. Lost income due to time off work during recovery can create financial strain. Injuries to a primary breadwinner may compromise the family’s financial stability.
The injured person may have limited mobility or require assistive devices, affecting their independence and daily routine. Family members may need to provide care and support, which can disrupt their routines and responsibilities.
Relationships within the family can become strained under the stress and emotional toll of the accident. Caregivers may experience caregiver burnout. The injured person may feel guilt or frustration for their injuries’ impacts on their loved ones.
Individuals and families affected by a car accident may need medical and emotional support. Rehabilitation, counseling, and support groups can help in the recovery process. Legal guidance from an experienced car accident attorney can ensure the family gets compensation and financial relief.
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How Can a Lawyer Help With Your Car Accident Case?
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a car accident due to another person’s carelessness or negligence, you may seek compensation for your medical bills and other damages through a car accident claim. An experienced car accident lawyer can save you time, reduce stress, and improve your chances of recovering maximum compensation.
The personal injury attorneys at Berry Law offer free consultations during which we will listen carefully to your legal concerns, ask questions about your accident to gather more details and assess your case. Based on the information you provide, we will offer legal advice, explain your rights, and discuss potential legal strategies.
Following your consultation, you should better understand your legal options. Take some time to consider the information we provide before deciding whether you want to proceed with our services. If you hire us, we promise to provide you with the same quality counsel and trial representation we’ve offered clients since 1965.