If you’ve been in a serious accident involving an 18-wheeler, you might be tempted to wait and see what happens with the insurance company before calling a lawyer. Perhaps they’ll come back with a decent settlement offer, and if so, you’ll consider taking it. After all, you want to put this accident behind you as quickly as possible and move on with your life. Won’t calling a lawyer just prolong the whole thing?
Well, yes and no.
Yes, calling an attorney to handle your personal injury claim might increase the amount of time it takes to settle your case. But we could argue that having an experienced attorney on your side will actually get you back on your feet faster than going it alone. Here’s why.
The effects of a big truck accident won’t go away as soon as you settle with the insurance company. If you’ve been seriously injured, you’re facing a long recovery that will be both painful and costly. The insurance company’s initial settlement offer probably won’t cover those ongoing medical costs, which means, six months into your recovery, you might start receiving massive medical bills that you can’t pay.
An experienced truck accident attorney will not only seek damages for your current medical needs, but they will also seek damages for all future medical needs that might arise from your injuries. That will probably be significantly more money than you would have received if you dealt with the insurance company alone.
If you decide to wait until you are completely healed from your injuries before accepting an offer from the insurance company, you could be hurting your case if you end up needing help from a lawyer. Valuable evidence from the scene of the wreck, video footage from traffic cams and surveillance cameras at local businesses, as well as GPS data and cell phone records all become increasingly difficult to obtain the longer time passes. If you wait to call an attorney until after you receive and reject a low-ball offer from the insurance company, the evidence your attorney needs to help prove your case could no longer exist.
So either settle quick and possibly regret it later or call the lawyers at Cory Watson and let us work to get the maximum compensation for your claim.