Should I Get a Lawyer for an Auto Accident Claim?
Generally, insurance companies discourage people from seeking legal assistance because once a person is represented by an attorney, they will typically have to pay more to settle the claim than they would to a person without an attorney. It is not recommended to give a statement to an insurance company before speaking with an attorney. If the driver of the other vehicle is uninsured, then you may need to pursue a claim against your own insurance company. You have a duty to cooperate with your own insurance company, but it is important to consult with a lawyer before providing such a statement.
If you are experiencing pain and try to "tough it out" for several days or more, then you may have difficulty convincing an insurance company, jury or judge that your complaints were caused by the accident. If you have an injury that is untreated and/or becomes worse, the other party may deny liability and claim that the failure to seek treatment is the cause of the injuries suffered, or at least aggravated the condition complained of.
I am prohibited from giving legal advice, as this service provides information of a general legal nature. I suggest you consult with a local attorney who can review all the facts and documents involved. Many attorneys will offer a free initial consultation.