Is it Too Soon to Call an Attorney for Help with Your Car Crash Claim?

reaching for smartphone on tableMany crash victims wait to contact a lawyer. For example, crash victims might call a lawyer if their claim was denied, or the insurance company’s settlement offer is far below what they think it should be. Unless these kinds of things happen, victims may think it is too soon to call a lawyer.

However, some crash victims call an attorney from the site of the crash or after receiving treatment at the hospital. In some cases, the victim is so severely injured a family member contacts a lawyer to discuss possible legal options.

Below, we discuss why it is often not too soon to call a Bloomington car accident lawyer for help. TSR Injury Law offers a free legal consultation, and there is no obligation to hire our firm. This is an opportunity to tell us what happened so we can determine how we may be able to assist you.  We will give you an honest opinion if your case has merit and what we can do to help.

Calling a Lawyer Quickly Helps You Protect Your Rights

If you wait to call a lawyer, you risk damaging your claim because you will be dealing with the insurance company on your own. Even if you are working with your own insurance company they are not always looking out for your best interests. They are looking to protect their bottom line, which is why insurers often undervalue or deny claims.

Insurance adjusters have a lot of experience misleading crash victims. For example, they may try to get them to say things that damage their credibility and the value of their claims. Often adjusters may sound like they are trying to help, but they are only doing this to make you feel comfortable. If you relax, you may be more likely to make comments that downplay the seriousness of your injuries., accept blame or muddy a situation that was once clear. Insurance adjusters often suggest to not call a lawyer (Illegal conduct in Minnesota) or “forget” to cover all the benefits you have as part of your insurance policy.

When the insurance company calls, you may be feeling good about your prospects for recovering. However, saying, “I am OK,” or “I have been feeling much better,” will be used against you to devalue your claim. The insurance company may say you are mostly recovered. They may also decide you do not need much more compensation for medical expenses or other damages.

By calling a lawyer right away, you can allow him or her to deal with the insurance company for you. We have vast experience handling insurance companies, and we know how to protect rights while we build your case.

Sometimes an attorney might not be able to help. For example, if your damages are not significant, you may have a good chance of filing a claim and seeking compensation on your own. However, it is important not to assume an attorney will or will not take your case. You should talk to an experienced attorney and have him or her tell you what he or she thinks. Taking the time to ask questions can provide peace of mind.

Is it Ever Too Late to Talk to a Lawyer?

While it is rarely too soon to talk to a lawyer after getting injured in a crash, there are times when it may be too late. For example, if the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit has already passed, there may be little an attorney can do to help.

In Minnesota, there are several statutes of limitations for filing lawsuits over personal injuries, such as from a car crash. There are other notice provisions if bars are involved in illegal sales, or a government entity is the at-fault actor. The time limits could be as short as six months up to six years. This is yet another reason to call and seek free advice to make sure you do not miss the statute of limitations.

Even if the deadline has not passed, an attorney may be unable to help. Attorneys need time to investigate, gather evidence, evaluate damages, and take other steps to build a strong case. If the crash was a year before an attorney is called, valuable evidence may be forever lost.

While it is best to contact a lawyer right away, you should not assume an attorney is unable to help. At TSR Injury Law, the initial consultation is free and comes with no obligation to hire our firm. There is no financial risk in calling our firm to learn how we may be able to assist you.

Have Legal Questions? TSR Injury Law is Here to Help

For more than two decades, TSR Injury Law has been helping crash victims secure compensation for their damages. Our firm has secured $1 billion in compensation on behalf of our clients.

We know how devastating a car crash can be, physically, financially and emotionally. We are committed to pursuing maximum compensation to help you put your life back together.

TSR Injury Law. No upfront fees. Call (612) TSR-TIME.

Why Many Car Crash Victims Decide Not to Call a Lawyer

typing on a smartphoneWe seek professional help in a variety of situations. For example, many people who develop health problems see a doctor. People who need help with their taxes often seek out an accountant. People also hire realtors to help them search for a new place to live.

Unfortunately, car crash victims often do not seek professional advice and guidance from an attorney. There are a variety of reasons why crash victims decide to go it alone. Unfortunately, many crash victims base this decision on a variety of myths and misconceptions. Sometimes they allow the insurance company to convince them they do not need an attorney.

Our experienced Bloomington auto accident attorneys discuss some of the most common reasons crash victims decide not to hire an attorney. What many do not realize is choosing a lawyer is one of the most important decisions a crash victim needs to make.

Recovering compensation cannot change what happened, but it is an important part of helping to secure your future.

What Crash Victims Think About the Idea of Calling a Lawyer

Whenever people are confused, anxious or unsure of their options, they tend to make rash decisions based on incomplete or untrue information.

Uncertainty About Needing a Lawyer

For example, even though some victims are unsure if they might need a lawyer, they are afraid to talk to one. They may even listen to the insurance company when someone tells them hiring a lawyer will result in a smaller settlement.

Not Knowing a Lawyer Personally

Some people decide not to call a lawyer because they do not know one personally. This is understandable, as people often choose to see professionals they know, or professionals recommended to them by a family member or close friend. Many people are not sure they can trust someone they do not know.

However, you can conduct your own research on a lawyer or firm to determine if you want to work with them. For example, you can read online reviews from people who hired the law firm in the past. You can learn a great deal about what it would be like to work with a particular firm or attorney by reading these reviews.

You can also look up case results to see if a particular firm has taken on cases like yours and what the results were.

You can check out case results and client reviews on the TSR Injury Law website and learn more about our firm and our experienced attorneys. You can also learn more about how we take cases on contingency, so there are no upfront fees.  Tsr Injury Law also provides a free phone comsulatation for any case.  We answer all questions and will gladly provide an honest assessment of the legal situation and the merits of your case.

Discomfort with Suing Someone

Many people are uncomfortable with the idea of suing someone else. They may even think hiring a lawyer and pursuing a claim will cause harm to the party that caused the crash.

However, it is important to note most claims do not end up in court. Most claims are resolved through a settlement with the insurance company. In fact, the at-fault driver may not have much involvement in your pursuit of compensation because we make the claim against the driver’s auto insurance.  It is rarely ever a personal claim against the driver’s assets. In the unlikely event your claim goes to court, the at-fault party might be questioned at a deposition or questioned in court. Your lawyer will be seeking compensation from the insurance company, not the at-fault driver’s bank account.

Factors Crash Victims Might Not Consider

Here is a question many crash victims may not consider: Does the insurance company prefer to deal directly with the victim or with his or her attorney?

The answer is they would rather deal with you than with an attorney. Think about it this way: Why would the insurance company tell you not to hire a lawyer and say hiring a lawyer will hurt your claim?

Insurance companies know their own research has found victims represented by lawyers tend to recover more compensation than victims who handle things alone. They also know crash victims are often desperate for compensation, unsure of their rights and unsure of the potential value of their claims.

Another factor to consider is the motivation of the insurance company versus the motivation of a personal injury lawyer. Despite what you hear on TV, insurance companies are for-profit businesses looking to protect their bottom line.

At TSR Injury Law, we are dedicated to pursuing maximum compensation for the victim’s damages. In other words, your interests align with ours. When we take a case, we manage the legal process on the victim’s behalf. You no longer need to be concerned about deadlines or legal paperwork. Our attorneys can manage these details and keep you informed every step of the way. We are also available to answer your questions.

Have Questions About Your Claim? Call Today for Legal Help

There is no obligation or upfront fee for meeting with a licensed attorney from TSR Injury Law. There are also no upfront fees if we take your case and no fees while working on your case. Our attorneys do not get paid for representing you unless you receive money from a settlement or courtroom verdict.

At TSR Injury Law, we are committed to securing maximum compensation. Our firm has obtained millions on behalf of crash victims, and we are ready to help you.

Call today to learn how we may be able to help you. (612) TSR-TIME