For fans of legal shows, it may seem like the only time a person needs a lawyer is when they’ve been accused of a crime. But that’s actually not true. Attorneys can help in many different situations and can keep you from being taken advantage of when filing a medical or insurance claim.
Here are a few situations in which it may be in your best interest to contact a personal injury attorney.
1. You’re saddled with medical bills for an accident that wasn’t your fault
Approximately 52% of personal injury lawsuits involve automobile accidents. That’s because 6 million car accidents occur on U.S. roads every year — and 3 million people are injured annually in those accidents. Car accidents not only cause vehicle damage but pain, suffering, and medical bills, as well. If you were in a car accident because of another driver’s negligence, it’s a good idea to contact an accident attorney.
2. You don’t know what your options are
When you’ve suffered a personal injury but you’re not sure what your options are, it’s recommended to contact an attorney. An attorney can give you an objective set of information about the options available to you. They can also provide you with the advantages and disadvantages of each possible option.
3. You don’t want to make the wrong decision
It’s all too easy to make a mistake when it comes to handling legal information on your own. After all, there’s a lot of information available online that isn’t always accurate. What’s more, even when the information is correct, the legal process is complex and it’s easy to make the wrong choice when you’re not sure about filing requirements, deadlines, or procedures. A professional attorney can help you avoid making these kinds of mistakes in the first place so you can focus more on recovering from injuries or damages and less on your case.
It can be challenging to determine whether or not you need an attorney when you’re not sure if a given situation calls for legal assistance. But a lawyer can help you get the facts you need, understand your options, and assist you in the legal process if necessary. To schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney today, contact the law offices of Reiner, Slaughter & Frankel LLP in Redding California.