It’s a common question people have after they’ve been involved in an accident: do I really need to get an attorney if it was just a minor fender bender?
It’s understandable for people to want to avoid the hassle of retaining an attorney, especially in cases involving minor damages and injuries. However, there are still plenty of advantages associated with hiring an attorney in these cases.
When you should get a lawyer
Here’s a quick look at some situations in which it’s beneficial to get an attorney, regardless of the severity of the accident:
- Disputes over liability: Any time liability is either unclear or disputed, you should seek the counsel of an attorney. They will be able to collect evidence on your behalf to clear up liability issues.
- Service of documentation: If you’ve been served with paperwork indicating your involvement in a lawsuit, you should immediately contact an attorney to ensure the protection of your legal rights.
- Denial of claims: If an insurance company denies your claim, you should work with an attorney to understand the reason for denial and revise the claim to maximize your chances of it being accepted.
- Settlement proceedings: If an insurance settlement is initiated, it’s helpful to have the counsel of an attorney so they can review the document and make sure it does not infringe upon your rights or create an agreement that is not good for you.
- Any injuries: Even if the injury seems minor at first, it could have hidden symptoms or further consequences later on. If you’ve been injured at all, it’s a good idea for you to contact an attorney.
If you’ve been in an auto accident, contact an experienced Sarasota accident lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh for legal representation.