Do I Need an Attorney After an Accident Involving Minor Injuries?
You might be having many concerns after you have sustained a car accident and wonder if you should move forward with a car accident injury case. Perhaps you are worried about dealing with the other individual’s attorney or the insurance companies who might not treat you fairly. Maybe you’re concerned that you’ll spend money on a lawsuit only to walk away with nothing. These are legitimate concerns that many people have every year after an accident after they wonder if they should move forward with a case or if it isn’t worth it. The question remains: If you have sustained minor injuries in an accident, is it worth it to bring a personal injury claim?
When You Might Not Need an Attorney
Here is a scenario where an attorney is probably not necessary: You were involved in a rear-end accident when somebody did not stop in time and was following too closely. The only damage that stemmed from your accident was a bit of property damage. Nobody was injured in this specific accident. When you have been injured in the midst of an accident, it is typically a good idea to speak with an attorney and bring a case so that you can receive compensation for medical bills, missed time at work, and more. However, in a case where medical bills and other damages are not present, it is not imperative that you pursue a claim with an attorney.
In any case, where the recovery from your accident is so small that your claim would probably end up in small claims court, you can proceed on your own. You are always entitled to speak with an attorney in any scenario, but it is not always necessary.
What Happens if I’ve Received Minor Injuries?
When you think of car accidents, you might think of serious injuries that keep you from returning to work or leave a permanent impact on your life. However, this is not how every accident occurs. Sometimes, you might walk away with minor injuries instead. Perhaps you received lacerations or a small fracture in an area that is expected to heal properly. Many people might feel as if their injuries were so minor that they do not need to seek the help of an experienced legal professional and that they might be able to handle it on their own. This is not always the case.
Any case can take a turn in the wrong direction when you do not have an attorney on your side to protect your rights. What if you truly believe that your injuries are minor but, in a few month’s time, you find out that your injuries are much more severe than you first expected them to be? What if liability was not so clear and now you find out that you won’t have any help recovering for your damages? These aspects can put you behind on severe levels. Even the most minor injuries can still leave an impact on the rest of your life and you might be better off with the right settlement, which is why it is imperative to have an attorney.
How We Can Help
Even with the most minor injuries, your accident case is still important to us. At Katz Kantor Stonestreet & Buckner, our experienced personal injury attorneys have handled a wide variety of cases and would like to help you receive the compensation you deserve so that you can move forward. There is a chance to receive damages in many types of accident cases and we won’t have you stand alone. Contact us for more information at 304-431-4050.