SHOULD I CONTACT AN ATTORNEY FOR A CAR ACCIDENT IN THE NORTH BAY?
It can be difficult to know when you should call a lawyer after a car accident. Some car wrecks are massive and life-altering, and they clearly require an attorney to help sort with determining who caused the accident, getting the police report, dealing with medical bills and the insurance adjuster who call.
Smaller wrecks or collisions may seem straightforward and uncomplicated, but they can still have significant and long-lasting effects, and some of them lead to large personal injury verdicts or settlements.
It is Never Too Soon to Contact a Lawyer After a Car Accident unless you missed the Statute of Limitations—So call before it is too late!
However, it is never too early to speak with an attorney after a car wreck, and contacting an experienced North Bay car accident lawyer should be a HIGH priority if any of the following apply to your situation:
-The crash caused a significant injury—anything from broken bones to paralysis—or a fatality
-It is unclear who is at fault
-The crash involved other motorists, pedestrians, or cyclists
-The collision occurred in a construction zone, school zone, or other protected area
-The police or accident report does not accurately describe what happened
-There are concerns regarding your insurance status, liability limits, or lack of insurance
-Your insurance company sends mixed messages, brings up issues you were not aware of, or connects you with their attorney
Most car accident attorneys — including those at Fiumara & Milligan Law — offer 100% FREE initial consultations with NO strings attached.
During the consultation, our attorney will listen to your story and then give you a straight-forward and honest assessment of your case. From there, you can decide if your unique situation would benefit from hiring an attorney.
The Benefits of Hiring a Car Accident Attorney in The North Bay
It may seem like a hassle to involve an attorney if you do not think you need one.
However, hiring a car accident attorney has many benefits, and if you choose not to hire one, you’ll quickly find out just how much hassle it can be to handle your own car accident case WITHOUT help from a lawyer.
Two of the most important benefits of working with an attorney after a car accident are detailed below:
Benefit #1: Dealing with the Insurance Company
Insurance companies have ALOT of money and legal resources at their disposal so allow an experienced personal injury attorney to go to bat for you to even the playing field.
An experienced car accident attorney can also estimate the potential compensation you could recover right from the beginning to help you assess the value of your claim. WE know how to read and interpret the tricky insurance policy language to benefit you. We work for you, not the insurance industry!
Insurance companies have two specific goals in a car accident case: to DENY you the compensation you deserve and or to get you to settle quickly and for as LITTLE money as possible.
Once the at-fault party notifies their insurance company of an accident, an insurance agent will soon call you. Don’t talk with them without having us to protect your interests. They may also pay a visit to your home, hospital room, or workplace.
Because they want you to act quickly and sign a waiver of liability or an indemnity clause the insurance company will go out of their way to convince you they have your best interest in mind—They don’t!
DO NOT be fooled. Insurance companies are looking out for their own best interests only—their profit and stockholders. Insurance carriers want you to accept the lowest settlement possible and sign a waiver that will remove any future legal liability issue for them.
The insurance company will also discourage you from hiring an attorney because they know, and statistics show that injured plaintiffs such as yourself will end up with a much greater monetary compensation when they hire experienced legal counsel.
Many insurance adjusters are trained to tell you that hiring a lawyer will only make things more complicated, and that you can settle directly with them.
Remember Insurance Carriers have their best interests in mind, NOT yours. Once an attorney gets involved, the insurance agent’s job — which is to make your case go away while paying you as little money as possible —becomes a lot more difficult.
Benefit #2: Gaining Confidence and Reducing Uncertainty and Anxiety and Helping with Income
Hiring an experienced car accident lawyer will save you a lot of time and allow you to focus on your health and recovery, especially if you contact the attorney right away and begin working with them and their team as in our case as soon as possible after your crash.
When you hire an attorney, all interactions and communications regarding your case will go through your attorney, who will know WHAT to do, what to say, HOW to say it, and WHEN to say it.
A personal injury case can often become a he-said/she-said situation, but we take any guess work out of the equation by hiring the best and most respected experts who will add value to your case.
Even with a detailed accident report or eyewitness accounts of what happened, it can still be difficult to prove negligence and fault. An experienced attorney understands the many nuances of the law and how it applies to your case. Our professional team will help you navigate these difficult aspects of a personal injury case with confidence and ease so that you may concentrate exclusively on your full recovery.
When you Hire Us, You have 24/7 access to all the Firm’s attorneys and Professional Staff– The attorney assigned to your case will help you get temporary disability insurance, or unemployment benefits– whatever you need to help you pay the bills prior to your case settling or tried in Court.
We negotiate with all your medical providers to greatly reduce all medical liens which ends up putting more money into your pocket. We don’t charge for that service like some law firms.
The attorney will take current and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future income earning potential, and emotional pain and suffering into consideration when figuring the potential value of your case.
This will give you a more concrete idea about what your case might be WORTH and help you decide whether to accept a potential settlement from the insurance company or seek a jury trial.
If you start to pursue legal action on your own but discover that it is more complicated than you originally thought, don’t worry — you can still get help from a lawyer. WE are happy to help.
Although it’s best to start working with your attorney as soon as possible after your accident an attorney can enter the process at any point to help organize your case and formulate a strategy to improve your chances of getting the best monetary result as possible.
Remember that insurance companies have the best lawyers working on their behalf, which means that if you decide to represent yourself, you could be at a significant disadvantage.
If you have been injured, do not sell your case short. Please know that you deserve to have the best and most seasoned car accident attorney FIGHTING for you.
Fiumara & Milligan Law: Where Winning Is No Accident
The attorneys at Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC with two convenient locations knows the ins and outs of car accident cases in the North Bay and have won tens of millions of dollars for its clients.
We can help you navigate the complex and nuanced legal landscape of a personal injury lawsuit.
Fighting for your best interest during negotiations and in court is how we get you the JUSTICE and COMPENSATION you deserve.
We handle all personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that you pay absolutely NOTHING unless we can achieve a financial recovery for you. WE get paid last.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident in the North Bay, please contact Fiumara & Milligan Law for a free, no-risk consultation at 707-571-8600 in the greater Santa Rosa area or 415-492-4507 in the greater San Rafael area to learn about your options and how we can help you!
“The Right Attorney can make all the difference.”