As a practicing personal injury attorney, I understand that it is sometimes difficult to determine when hiring an attorney is appropriate. A personal injury attorney can provide valuable assistance in the following situations:
1. There is a question as to who is at fault in an accident that caused an injury.
2. Whenever you are seriously injured in an accident.
3. You are involved in a vehicle accident where the other driver has little or no insurance.
4. The negligent party’s insurance company is hesitant to pay a claim, offers a settlement amount you believe is unfair or ultimately denies your claim for benefits.
It is best to consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an incident. Doing so reduces your risk of making statements to an insurer that could be used against you to deny your claim. Most states also have time restrictions regarding when legal action can be taken.
About the author: Douglas Borthwick is the owner and president of Freeman & Borthwick, a boutique litigation and transactional law firm based in Santa Ana, California.