Yes, you should consider hiring a personal injury attorney right after a car accident in Pennsylvania, largely because you cannot pursue a fair and equitable claim for damages on your own. You should immediately hire a personal injury attorney because you do not know your legal rights and what can be achieved in your case. An attorney will handle all matters related to your car accident starting from preserving evidence to getting you the compensation you deserve for you injuries and damages. You could attempt to represent yourself. However dealing with insurance companies and their lawyers is a complicated task. Insurance companies exist to make money and keep their bottom line flush. They do not pay out large claims or any claims if they can find a way to deny them. There are a number of other reasons why you need experienced legal representation after a car crash. For example:
- You and/or a passenger sustained serious injuries and/or serious damage to your vehicle.
- Some car accident are caused by a defective product or a vehicle recall issue that you were not informed of by mail.
- Were you involved in a hit-and-run or a multi-car crash? These types of accidents are complex because of the number of possible liable parties and multiple insurance companies.
- Did the other driver's insurance offer you a settlement? Do not agree to a settlement, make any statements, or sign any documents until you speak to an attorney.
- Were you severely injured? Are your injuries permanent? Permanent injuries can mean multiple surgeries, hospital visits, home modifications, a significant change in your income and more. An attorney can help you get the compensation you need.
- Were you involved in a crash with government entity? Suing the government is a tricky process, whether it is the federal or state government.
- Did you lose someone you loved as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident caused by someone else's negligence? If so, you have the right to seek compensation by means of filing a wrongful death lawsuit. A knowledgeable attorney can guide you through the process.