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Hiring an Attorney for an Auto Accident VS Handling Your Own Case

It may seem challenging to know when to hire an attorney for an auto accident versus representing yourself in court. If the collision involved only very minor injuries or only involved property damage, you may be able to handle the claim independently. However, if you are seriously hurt, have expensive medical bills, or need time off work to recover, working with an attorney has numerous advantages, including a greater chance of recovering the compensation you deserve.

A personal injury lawyer can help you identify and pursue your current and future losses and fight for full and fair compensation. A lawyer can also manage the details of your auto accident claim so you can focus on healing.

When Should You Speak with a Lawyer?

 While every claim is different, you should consider contacting a personal injury lawyer if any of the following apply:

  • You or your loved one suffered a catastrophic, permanent, or disabling injury
  • Your claim involves compensation for ongoing and future medical expenses and lost wages
  • Your claim involves compensation for pain and suffering
  • Your case involves complex facts or complicated legal issues that may make it difficult to establish fault for the accident
  • Your case involves a liable manufacturer, employer, or other party in addition to the at-fault driver
  • The collision resulted in fatal injuries

If you’re hurt, don’t wait to file a personal injury claim.

When deciding whether to work with a lawyer, understand you have limited time. According to Wisconsin law, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is three years. For wrongful death resulting from a motor vehicle accident, it’s just two years. For minors, it is two years after they turn 18.

If you do not pursue compensation before the deadline expires, you cannot sue. If you cannot sue, you lose your ability to negotiate a settlement with an insurance company. You will end up with no legal recourse.

Ways an Auto Accident Attorney Can Help with a Case

 Getting the money you need from a liable party can be challenging. You will likely be up against their insurance company (and its lawyers). When you work with an auto accident attorney, they can use their case experience and legal knowledge to protect you. A lawyer can:

  • Prove Fault – A legal representative can investigate your auto accident, collect evidence, and build a case supporting your right to compensation. A lawyer can also defend you from strategies designed to reduce your financial awards.
  • Manage Case Details – Your lawyer will worry about paperwork, court filings, deadlines, and other “red tape” so you can turn your time and energy toward your health and family.
  • Be Your Voice – An attorney can handle all case-related communications, which protects you from pressure and from unintentionally saying or doing something that could hurt your claim. A lawyer will also aggressively negotiate on your behalf and defend you from lowball offers and bad-faith tactics.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer Serving Southern Wisconsin

 Atterbury, Kammer & Haag, S.C., is an award-winning personal injury firm serving Madison, Janesville, and greater Wisconsin. Partners Attorney Alexander S. Kammer and Attorney Eric J. Haag have earned numerous recognitions from Super Lawyers and achieved record-setting verdicts. We want to help you recover fair compensation and will work tirelessly toward that goal.

Find out what our team of expert trial attorneys can do for you. Call or contact us online today for a free consultation.

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