Movies like Scarface have made the line “I want my lawyer!” famous, but asking for representation isn’t just for the silver screen. If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, navigating the ins and outs of insurance and claims can be tricky; you’ll need a personal injury attorney’s help. Here are three situations where it’s appropriate to yell “I want my lawyer!”
When the Insurance Company Calls
Fact: Insurance companies are in the business of making money. Their goal is to make more in premiums than they pay out to settle claims – of course it is! They’d go out of business if they didn’t.
The issue with insurance companies is that they try to profit by paying you as little as possible for your claim, no matter how big the accident. Furthermore, insurance adjusters will try and “trick” you into settling your claim before the time is right. In order to receive maximum compensation for your injuries and to avoid signing the wrong forms at the wrong time, it’s best to speak to your personal injury attorney – before answering the insurance company’s phone call.
When Someone Asks, “Whose Fault Was This?”
After a car wreck, there’s a process to determine who’s at fault. It’s best to let the experts figure it out. If the other driver is angry and accuses you of being at fault, it’s important to refrain from letting them push the blame on you. Wait until you speak with your lawyer before giving any statements. The same goes when talking to the police. Simply tell them what happened to the best of your ability without making any statements that put the fault on your shoulders.
When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed
Accidents aren’t easy. Neither is the legal process. When you’re injured and in pain, the last thing you want to worry about is damaged property, missed work days, medical bills and mounds of legal paperwork. We wish accident claims weren’t such messy business, but often they take time and effort to resolve.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed after an accident, it’s time to yell “I want my lawyer!” A personal injury lawyer can help smooth the process. They’ll do the heavy lifting for you so that you can focus on what matters most – recovering.