You might think that any attorney will tell you that you need to hire a lawyer as soon as possible after a Herndon car accident and injury. However, we want to tell you that this is not necessarily the case. In fact, most Virginia car accident victims probably don’t need a lawyer at all. Even if you DO need a personal injury attorney, you should be sure not to rush into a decision or pick the first lawyer who offers you a free case evaluation.
So, when should you hire an attorney to assist you with your car accident claim?
- AFTER you get educated about your case.
Don’t pick an attorney when you are ignorant of whether you need one or how to choose one. It’s also important to know some basics of injury law before retaining an attorney. We offer all of our web visitors free guides to these invaluable bits of information; read them before choosing an attorney or choosing to handle the case yourself.
- AFTER the initial trauma of your accident.
Some lawyers will try to snag you as a client while you are still reeling from your crash. This isn’t right and in fact is sometimes illegal. Make sure your health is under control and that you have a clear head before choosing an attorney.
- AFTER you familiarize yourself with your attorney options.
There are dozens of personal injury lawyers that serve Herndon—and some are better suited for you than others. Take up attorneys on their free consultations, but take your time to choose the one you feel most comfortable with.
- BEFORE you give an official statement to the insurance company.
It is a mistake to give a recorded or written statement to your insurance company before you fully understand your case and your legal options. Whether you read enough to know you can handle your case on your own or whether you decide you need legal assistance, do your research before talking to your insurance company about the crash and your injuries.
- BEFORE you assume you don’t have a case.
Some people make the mistake of assuming they know who was at fault for the accident or that they wouldn’t be able to collect compensation. Even if you are unsure about your case, consulting with an attorney can help answer your questions.
- BEFORE you accept a settlement that you know isn’t just.
If the insurance company thinks it can get away with giving you less than you deserve, don’t be surprised if they try to do it. Instead of playing their game or bending to their will, call an experienced, assertive attorney.
Ready to get educated? Request our free Virginia accident toolkit and start learning about your case. Ready to speak to a Herndon injury lawyer? Call Ben Glass at (703) 584-7277 and get your questions answered.