Yes, get an attorney because the other insurance is going to give you the least amount they can get away with. Many times if an attorney feels like you have a good case they will waive the retainer fee. Was there a police report made? Are you physically alright? You stated that you would need to miss about a week of work.
Make sure you keep records of all medical bills. I was in a hit and run accident last year. One thing my insurance agent stressed was to make sure all medical was completed before finalizing my claims. Those who live with chronic pain can really go into a flair up even with a minor accident. That's when I found this app. I needed a way to chart what was going on. It also helped my insurance when they were determining my pain and suffering settlement.
If we could have found the driver that hit me I would have found a lawyer. Not sure if it's a law but I know that the few lawyers I had talked to said they charged a percentage of the settlement you receive.
Since my insurance covered everything... (thank God for uninsured motorist being in my insurance!) I didn't persue hiring a lawyer. I was lucky in that USAA helped me through the whole process.
Hello. Get yourself a lawyer. Here if you get into an accident that isnt youre fault, lawyer will represent you and he wont get paid until you settle. Im 3 years into mine....and try to say as little as possible to the insurance company if you havent already. They will use every damn word against you. I hope youre ok though!
I am very scared and hate this pain. I know I need a lawyer. But I hate being that prrson. But that guy he drove right into me and I keep reliving the firemen trying to calm me and get me out. They had to cut my door off and remove my dash and bring me seat forward to save me. I was stuck there for 30 plus minutes and all I could think was I can't feel my legs. I don't know if I ever want to drive again.
My car wreck wasn't as bad. The guy who hit me was texting. He only looked up a second or two before impact. Then he turned around and fled. Anytime you live with a chronic pain condition things like this can send it spiraling out of control. We are so used to being strong. To pushing through it... Etc. But there comes a time when we have to step back and realize it's ok to get help. I hate even the thought of needing a lawyer. I was lucky in that my insurance USAA handled everything and kept in touch with me almost daily - answering all questions and concerns. I didn't even think of getting a settlement since the hit and run driver was never caught. USAA did though. If the driver had been found I would have found a lawyer. The paperwork alone would have been too much to handle. Plus figuring out when a claim should be closed and getting bills paid etc.
USAA also contacted Medicare and made sure that the different bills went to the right insurance. When my claim was closed they not only gave me a settlement but made sure any reimbursements that needed to be paid to Medicare were done. I couldn't have done that alone. I didn't even know how to begin with figuring out what needed to be done. So yes, absolutely get a lawyer fighting in your corner and walking you through each step that needs to be taken. If nothing else it will help give you less stress and some peace of mind.
BR 13, where are you located? Most auto accident lawyers will not even take a retainer they don't get any money unless they get you a settlement from the insurance company. If you are overseas I don't know what the laws are over there and this app is international. I am in California and I have been rear-ended 3 times in the last 2 years. All three of those accidents I got settlements from.