Generally, you may hire a personal injury lawyer at any time. That’s your right. But there are points in the accident case settlement process where a lawyer may not have the legal ability to help you.
There are two points in the accident case process where everyone, lawyers included, are pretty powerless to do anything. The first is when the statute of limitations runs out. For Virginia, that’s two years. If you’ve waited that long, even the best Fairfax personal injury lawyer may not be able to help you obtain a settlement.
The next event that may reduce a lawyer’s ability to assist you is when you’ve already signed the settlement release. In a typical settlement release, the fine print prohibits you from taking any further legal action against the insurance company or the defendant.
If you sign the release and incur additional medical expenses that were not accounted for in the settlement, you typically have no legal recourse to file an additional claim.
However, I’m going to go ahead and say it doesn’t hurt to ask an attorney for help if you’re facing these or any other situations throughout your accident case. Sometimes, when you’re settling your case on your own it’s best to get a definite ‘yes’ or ‘no’ when you have questions about your case, and lawyers like me can provide that advice.
No decent injury attorney will turn a potential client away without offering an opinion or guidance on an accident case. Whether you’ve just been in the accident and have yet to take action or you’re nearing settlement, it never hurts to seek the opinion of someone who’s dealt with cases such as yours.