Why do I need to contact a lawyer immediately after a catastrophic injury?
When one is involved in a serious accident that leaves a victim with a permanent injury and the need for extensive medical care, it is very important that you hire the right attorney to handle your matter and that you do so promptly.
First – In a serious accident, there will usually be a lengthy and thorough investigation of the accident by the insurance company. Often, the more serious your injuries are, the more thorough the investigation will be, regardless of which driver was at fault. Indeed, many things can go wrong during this investigation process which can jeopardize your claim. It is therefore very important to consult with an attorney right away so that they can be involved in the investigation from the beginning. A good attorney will hire an expert to do an analysis of the crash and the scene of the collision, interview any witnesses, emergency personnel and police to make sure that any evidence pertaining to the accident is properly preserved.
Second – when you hire an attorney on a contingency basis, (i.e. when you are not required to pay any attorney’s fees up front) it is often to your advantage to hire an attorney sooner rather than later. The attorney costs do not vary based on when they begin working on your case, but instead will vary based on the result obtained. Therefore, it is generally to your advantage to get them working for you as soon as is practicable.
Third -Many cases will involve the need for expert testimony in order to prove a case. One important reason to hire an attorney immediately is to secure the proper expert witnesses you will need to prove your case. A qualified attorney will secure a proper and qualified expert who is competent to testify to the critical issues in your case. The insurance companies for the at fault party have experts on their side from the beginning doing their own investigation and it is crucial that the client has someone on their side.
Finally, If, as a result of some else’s negligence, you are left with a permanent impairment, it could have an impact on the rest of your life. This is just one example of many issues that need to be dealt with which your attorney will help you with which you may not be able to effectively convince the insurance company of without proper legal counsel.
Bob Katz is the head of the Personal Injury Group at Gordon, Feinblatt. He has been serving Baltimore community for over 35 years and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, whose membership is limited to attorneys that have won million dollar verdicts and settlements. He can be reached at 1-888-540-2599.