If you've been in a minor car accident where your car was dinged up and you had some bumps and bruises, you can probably handle any resulting insurance claim yourself, if you're comfortable doing so. But if you've suffered significant injuries or the other side is digging in for a fight over issues like fault for the accident, it may be time to discuss your car accident case with an experienced lawyer, especially if there is a lawsuit on the horizon. At the A. Cohen Law Firm, we'll explain why our attorneys can be invaluable to your claim, and what to expect when working with us in Valley Stream, NY.
When deciding on which lawyer to hire, you should look for:
• Experience, experience, experience.
• Prior successes in your type of case.
• Someone that you feel comfortable with. Can she explain things clearly? Did he answer all of your questions?
• Someone who cares. When you met, did you feel like just another prospect or was the lawyer genuinely interested in you and your case? Contrary to one of the popular lawyer joke themes, not all lawyers are simply mercenaries out to make a fee.
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Where fault for a car accident is contested, if you cannot prove that the other driver caused the accident, you will lose and recover nothing. So, you cannot take a chance on this. If there is going to be a fight over fault, especially if that fight will be waged in a court that applies the technical rules of evidence, then there is too much at stake for you to go it alone, and you need a car accident lawyer's help.
You might be comfortable settling your own claims if your out-of-pocket expenses are $2,000, $3,000 or $5,000, but you might not want to handle your own claims if these out-of-pocket expenses are $15,000 or $20,000 or more. You have to decide at what level your case is too big to handle yourself, and your personal choking point may be higher or lower than these figures.
If you had a serious injury such as a broken bone or a herniated disk that affected you for an extended period of time, and especially if you have a permanent injury that will haunt you the rest of your life, you have a potentially large claim and should hire a lawyer to present it professionally.
These last two questions are different ways of saying that the larger your claim and the more that is at stake, the smarter it is to have a professional on your side. As a general rule of thumb, the larger the case, the harder the other side resists the claim. Learn more about car accident claim value.
Here's another way to think about it. You wouldn't do surgery on yourself, but you would definitely treat a small cut or a bruise or some other minor injury. The same is true with legal claims. There are many claims that you can handle yourself if you learn how, but it would be unwise to handle large claims yourself.
If you have to take your case to court, and you cannot use an alternative dispute resolution such as the consumer-friendly small claims court, you need a lawyer who knows the court rules. That way you give yourself a fair chance to win and ensure that your legal rights are protected in the Valley Stream, NY area.