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August 25, 2022 | Gary Burger

When Should I Hire an Attorney After a Car Accident?

When Should I Hire an Attorney After a Car Accident? If you were injured in a car accident that was not your fault, it is imperative to reach out to a car accident attorney immediately to discuss your case. Call Burger Law now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online. We have offices in St. Louis and Chicago, as well as other areas in Missouri and Illinois, and are dedicated to helping those injured in accidents. Talking to us is free, so there is no risk in asking us for a case review.

The exact moment your car accident occurs, a clock starts ticking. It’s essentially a countdown to the financial hits coming your way as a result of your injuries. For most people, the first hits are a medical bill and a missed paycheck. If the hits keep coming, you could find yourself in a cavernous financial hole that you don’t know how to climb out of.

If you were injured in a car accident due to someone else’s recklessness and negligence, see how much your claim could be worth by using our complimentary personal injury calculator.

When Do I Need a Car Accident Attorney?

Not everyone who has been involved in a car accident needs to contact us for legal representation. There are cases where an attorney isn’t necessary. (See below.) However, if any of the following apply to your situation, call (314) 500-HURT or contact our car accident attorney right away:

Time is of the essence when it comes to filing after a car accident, as there are statutes of limitations on personal injury claims in every state. In Missouri, under Missouri Revised Statute §516.120, you have five years to file. In Illinois, according to 735 Illinois Compiled Statutes section 5/13-202 you have two years to file. There are other deadlines in each state, and the Burger Law car accident attorneys will make sure no deadlines are missed. But by quickly hiring our car accident team you put us on the fastrack, giving us the biggest opportunity to get you the best compensation possible.

What Does a Car Accident Attorney Provide?

As your car accident attorneys, we start working on your case the moment you hire us. Some of what we'll do for you is:

  • Gather evidence, such as:
    • Witness statements
    • Police reports
    • Medical records
    • Surveillance footage
  • Utilize our network of medical and economical experts to value your claim
  • Fight back against the insurance company when they aren't being fair
  • Handle all communication, documentation, and litigation
  • Consistently keep you informed on the status of your case
  • Negotiate a fair settlement for all your damages, including:
    • Property damage
    • Medical expenses, past and future
    • Pain and suffering
    • Lost wages and lost earning potential
  • Take your case to trial when we do not secure a fair settlement offer

Call a Burger Law car accident attorney now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online to discuss your case.

When Do I NOT Need a Car Accident Attorney?

The Burger Law car accident team will give you its experienced, honest opinion on whether it makes sense to hire an attorney. In some instances, such as the following, it just does not make sense to hire a lawyer:

  • No injuries happen.
  • Perhaps you were involved in a minor fender bender, with no damage and no injuries. Consider yourself extremely lucky. But the Burger Law car accident team wants to be sure that you are not making a call of no injuries by yourself. Remember, whiplash and other injuries can take weeks or months to develop. Please remember to take advantage of our no-cost consultation by calling (314) 500-HURT or filling out our online form. We also have free resources in Missouri or Illinois to find a medical professional to clear you of any possible complications before deciding not to hire a car accident attorney.

  • When an insurance company is offering you an amount you feel is fair.
  • While insurance companies often do not play nice or try to bully people, they can, in fact, be fair and do their jobs as expected. If you feel the settlement offer is fair, take it. However, it is vital to remember that once you sign off on an agreement, you will likely not have the chance to seek more money ever again.

  • If your case might foreseeably proceed to small claims court.
  • While you are entitled to have a car accident attorney represent you and protect your rights in small claims court, the costs rarely make sense compared to the compensation.

When Should I Hire an Attorney After a Car Accident? | Burger Law

Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic experience. Injuries can easily derail your life and result in lasting or permanent disabilities. You need an experienced law firm on your side. We are here for you. The Burger Law St. Louis- and Chicago-based car accident attorneys are knowledgeable and easily accessible. Call us today to discuss the specifics of your car accident case at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.