How to know if you need an attorney after a car accident.

April 4th, 2017 Posted by Car Accidents
So you’ve been in a car accident, and you wake up the next morning with a beat up car and a beat up body, and wondering what steps to take next.  Can you handle the insurance claim on your own, or do you need a lawyer to help out?  Or maybe it’s a combination of both.

Here’s how to know when you need a lawyer:

There are going to be medical bills
If you went to a doctor or the hospital following an accident, the bills are going to be your responsibility even though the wreck wasn’t your fault.  A lawyer can help you convince the other insurance company to pay the medical bills, and often, an attorney can get those medical bills reduced, thus putting more money directly in your pocket.

The other insurance company is taking too long to repair your vehicle.
At the Peper Law Firm, we typically stay out of the property damage claim, for a couple of reasons.  1) you’re capable of handling it yourself, on your timeline, at a body shop that you choose.  2) we don’t think it’s fair to get paid for something you can do on your own.  Instead, we’d prefer to walk you through the process, so you can be informed enough to deal directly with the other insurance company and get your car repaired as soon as possible.

The other insurance company is offering a quick settlement.
I don’t know how else to say this other than, DO NOT ACCEPT THEIR OFFER, especially if you’re not done treating!  Insurance companies are not your friends, folks. Their objective is to save money, not help you. When they offer you a quick settlement, that means they know they’re at fault, they know that you’re hurt, and the quicker they can get you to sign the back of a check, the more money they save.  Don’t leave money on the table.  Hire an attorney so you can get all the treatment you need for your injuries, and maximize the compensation your entitled to.

At the Peper Law Firm, we take great pride in helping clients who have been injured in a car accident. I sincerely hope you never need our services, but if you do – don’t hesitate to reach out to us today. Call me directly at (843) 225-2520 or email info@peperlawfirm.com for a free consultation.

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