How do I know if I need a lawyer for a car accident claim?

do i need a lawyerHow do I know if I need a lawyer?

People that hire a lawyer get a settlement that is 3.5 higher than people who do not have an attorney.

You Need An Attorney If....

  • You were injured.
  • You have received medical treatment for your injuries.
  • You have missed work, school, or employment opportunities due to medical treatment visits or an inability to work.
  • You were not the driver of the at-fault vehicle.
  • You were a passenger in the at-fault vehicle and did not contribute to the cause of the accident in any way.
  • You were a pedestrian stuck by the at-fault vehicle.
  • You were the driver or a passenger in a vehicle that was struck by the at-fault vehicle or another vehicle in the chain-reaction.
  • The insurance company is trying to claim that you are partially responsible for an accident that was caused by someone else’ negligence.
  • You prefer to focus on recovering from your injuries rather than dealing with the insurance company and their adjustors.
  • The insurance company is disputing the necessity of some of your medical treatment...they say that you do not need some of the treatment that your doctor's have recommended. 
  • Your claim is against a government entity or corporation.
  • The insurance company claims that you are not injured or that you 'should have healed by now'.
  • The insurance company is trying to blame some of your injuries on a past accident or other medical conditions.
  • The insurance adjustors are relentlessly calling and harassing you.
  • The insurance adjustor is pressuring you to agree to a settlement before you have finished treatment for your injuries.
  • The insurance company wants you to attend an independent medical examination or functional capacity evaluation.

You Don't Need A Lawyer if...

  • You were in a minor fender bender.
  • You were not injured in the accident.
  • You recovered within a few days after the accident.
Chris Davis
Top-rated, award-winning, attorney practicing wrongful death & serious injury law in Seattle.