The unexpected happens all the time, and you never know when you might require the help of an attorney to sort through a situation. Our attorneys know you don’t leave your home in the morning expecting someone to hit you with their car, to cause an accident that injures you, or expecting a loved one will lose his or her life because of someone else’s negligence. We also know you don’t keep an emergency fund for attorney fees just in case. We know life rarely works out according to your own personal plan, and things happen all the time.
When you’re involved in a car accident, you have a lot to consider. The entire process is confusing from the start. You don’t leave home in the morning thinking about you’ll handle a car accident if someone hits you or causes an accident. Not being prepared leaves you feeling confused, and that’s all right. The first thing you should do in this situation is contact the police, and then worry about contacting us later.
Q: Is there a fee to pay for consulting?
A: We don’t charge you fees to consult with us when you want legal advice. Many of our clients come into our offices confused and unsure whether what happened to them constitutes a lawsuit or case. We see people who don’t have a case but want a legal representative to tell them the truth about whether they do. We also see clients who have cases worthy of legal representation, but they don’t have the funds to pay for that legal representation.
We don’t charge you to see us. If you don’t have a case, we listen to your story and examine the evidence. If there is nothing there to indicate a lawsuit is a good idea, we’ll tell you upfront and charge you nothing. If you do have a case, we will look it over, determine our course of action, and we will come up with a fee. You will agree to the fee we charge, and you will only pay that fee if you win the case. Even then, you won’t pay until you receive the settlement from the at-fault driver you’re looking for. We want our clients happy, and that means not piling a financial burden into their laps before they even win a case. We only charge if you win.
Q: What To Do in An Accident?
A: Now that you know you can call us and speak to us about your case without paying anything, it’s time to discuss what you should do first. Call the police. Take photos of the car accident, and follow any instructions your 911 operator offers while on the phone. Check on the passengers in your car and the car that caused the accident to see if anyone requires medical help. Let the operator know, and wait for the police to arrive.
It’s all right during this time to gather any relevant information so you’re ready to provide it to the police when they arrive. You can exchange personal and insurance information with the other driver, too. Once the police arrive, you’ll tell them the facts of the accident, wait for them to investigate and speak to any witnesses, and provide you with a copy of the police report.
Then you will call your insurance agency to find out who handles your case, what to do next, and you’ll seek medical attention. It’s important you see a doctor even if you’re convinced you’re fine. You might not be as healthy as you think, and diagnosing health issues stemming from accident injuries right away is always preferable to your health and a potential lawsuit.
Now that you’ve handled all the pressing information and situations, it’s time to contact our office to schedule a free consultation. Let us help you determine if you have a case or not, and let us make sure you have the help you need to get through this trying time if medical bills and lost wages are a problem. Our initial consultation is always free, and it’s designed to help you.