Do I Need a Lawyer After a Minor Accident?
Absolutely. Even if you can drive your vehicle away from the scene, you might be seriously injured. Vehicle collisions are one of the leading causes of head injuries. Many of these victims do not know how badly they are hurt. Concussed athletes often ask their coaches to let them back in the game because they quite legitimately “feel fine.” Only later, when more advanced head injury symptoms appear, do they realize the extent of their injuries.
So, regardless of the amount of physical damage, you might need to pay substantial medical bills. A Los Angeles personal injury attorney can obtain compensation for these expenses, as well as other economic losses, like property damage. A “minor” repair could easily cost several thousand dollars. Compensation is also available for noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.
An attorney does more than fight for compensation in court. A lawyer also takes care of immediate needs, such as medical treatment and vehicle repair or replacement.
Although car crashes and head injuries often go hand-in-hand, doctors often misdiagnose these injuries as accident-related soreness or shock. To ensure that victims get the treatment they need when they need it, attorneys connect these individuals with doctors who focus on injury-related matters.
After a minor accident, many people rely on insurance companies to handle vehicle repair or replacement. That’s usually a mistake. Insurance companies usually only pay for the cheapest car repair, and not the best car repair. If your car must be replaced, once again, insurance companies usually go for the cheapest option. They often try to replace a family’s minivan with a sedan.
Fortunately for victims, attorneys also have professional relationships with mechanics, body shops, and car dealers. Usually, these individuals charge nothing upfront for their services.
Finding the Right Lawyer
Car crash victims have many, many options in this area. At first blush, pretty much all lawyers seem alike. A search based on experience, dedication, and location narrows the field.
Years of experience only tell part of the story. Your attorney should also have personal injury trial experience. As for dedication, car wrecks must be more than a sideshow at the firm. Your attorney should be dedicated to the preservation of individual legal and financial rights. Finally, your attorney should be close to your home or office. Virtual and telephone consultations are better than nothing, but they cannot substitute for in-person meetings. There’s no such thing as a “minor” accident if you are the victim. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in Los Angeles, contact the Law Offices of Eslamboly Hakim. You have a limited amount of time to act.
Photo by Diana Polekhina on Unsplash
Sharona Eslamboly Hakim, Esq. is a successful personal injury attorney and the principal of the Law Offices of Eslamboly Hakim firm in Beverly Hills, California.