Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney Even if My Injuries Are Not Serious?
Should you call a motorcycle injury lawyer if the facts are on your side and your damages fall below the responsible driver’s policy limits?
Insurance companies would prefer to not cover your claim, regardless of whose negligence caused your accident and injuries. They may attempt to deny your claim or offer to pay less than you need to cover your lost wages and medical bills.
Insurance companies aren’t renowned for their generosity. If they are attempting to pay you less than the full cost of your medical bills or they attempt to suggest you were actually fully or partially responsible for your own injuries, it may be in your best interest to speak with a lawyer.
Are You Sure You Know How Serious Your Injuries Are?
One of the biggest mistakes people involved in accidents make is failing to seek medical attention right after their crash. Conditions like whiplash may not manifest right away, especially when adrenaline is numbing the pain you should be experiencing.
Also keep in mind that emergency room doctors aren’t always specialists in diagnosing every type of injury. When you first go to the ER for road rash and some minor cuts and bruises you might just get stitched up and sent back home, still injured.
The duration of a personal injury case depends on how quickly you heal. A doctor may determine if you are fully recovered or the timeline of a full recovery. As for the cost of your treatment, that may be unknown until you are fully recovered or until your doctor knows the full extent of your injuries.
Accepting a claim settlement from the insurance company before you know for certain how much your injuries will cost you is often not in your best interest.
Personal injury lawyers can help you avoid those kinds of mistakes. Motorcycle accident injury attorneys that have represented hundreds of riders after accidents have seen clients make those kinds of mistakes before. Talking to one about your situation and whether you should hold off accepting the insurance company’s offer may help you avoid those mistakes.
Keep in mind consultations with motorcycle accident lawyers are free. You lose nothing by just talking with a motorcycle accident lawyer.
When Don’t I Need a Personal Injury Attorney?
You don’t need a personal injury attorney if you weren’t injured. Even if you don’t think you were injured it’s still a good idea to, at a minimum, visit a medical professional experienced in whiplash and other musculoskeletal car crash injuries. Even low-speed car accidents can potentially result in injuries.
If you don’t have any injuries and you just have motorcycle or car damage typically you won’t need a personal injury lawyer.
As a rule of thumb, you likely don’t need a personal injury lawyer if:
- You’re positive your injuries truly are minor and you will recover in a few days
- You weren’t injured and just need to get your motorcycle or car damage repaired
It Costs Nothing to Find Out if You Need a Lawyer After a Motorcycle Accident or Car Accident
Even if your instincts are telling you that you probably don’t need a lawyer, you should still strongly consider calling one. Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group offers free, no-obligation consultations for this exact reason. If you don’t need a lawyer, we’ll tell you so.
Call us at (855) 529-7433 to find out if you need a lawyer for your motorcycle accident injuries.