A Guide to Getting Initial Legal Consultation from Automobile Accidents

For things like auto accident or work related injury which happens about once or twice, or hopefully never, in one’s lifetime, we do not think about it too much. But if it does happen, it would be good to know what to expect and how to handle it. The sneaky part about getting injured in a car accident is that you may not realize you are hurt and some of the symptoms won’t show up until at a much later date. When you were hit from behind, a typical injury would be whiplash injury that’s when your neck and spinal cord get shaken violently when hit from behind, and you may feel a little dizzy at the scene but it can get much worse. Or your internal organs get shifted, and bumped to each other and cause bleeding, even leading to partial organ failure. You may not feel a thing until it propagates to other parts of the body. The point is your body is a very delicate machine and it can break down in a very subtle way. That’s why it is paramount to have an experienced accident lawyer on your side.

The sole purpose of insurance is to cover your damage in this scenario. But keep in mind that insurance companies are in the business of making money. Insurance companies may hire a shrewd adjuster just to smooth talk you into settlement, and they do not have your best long term health interests in mind.

Get an experienced lawyer that can fight for you like the meanest bull dog in court, and also have him take contingency payment that’s taking a percentage out of the award if they win the case. Engaging in a law suit can be a very expensive adventure. Fact finding, interviewing witness, accident scene investigation and re-enactment, back grounding of the other at fault party, medical exam after exam, expert witness, and on and on, can be very, very costly. Unless you have a very strong case, and a very competent attorney, they want to take up front fees.

Write down what you know about the accident, and keep a journal from the day you experienced the accident, any abnormal feeling about your body, take detailed notes. Write before and after the accident as to how your body feels, and take photos of any bruises, bleeding, and have witness, physicians take detailed account. Show the notes to prospective attorneys, and demonstrate to them you have a crisp memory, and are detail-oriented so that the attorneys can better assess your case, and it would cost less to work with you on the case. Bottom line is that these would better your odds of winning your case and getting back to your normal life.

Last advice is not to see the car accident as a “lottery win”. You see it on the comedy on TV or in movies, and you think you may get rich and set for life. In real life, it does not work that way. Auto injury attorney has to sink significant amount of time and money before they go to trial. And the odd is not always on their side. If the lawyers want you to settle out of the court, that may be the best case scenario and you may want to take it and move on.

Our Los Angeles Accident Attorneys are expert in handling cases about Automobile Accidents and other type of Vehicle Accidents.

John Luke Matthews is a regular contributor of relevant articles about the jurisprudence of employment. He is part of the Mesriani Law Group and is currently taking information technology studies as well.

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