Do I Need a Lawyer?
Hiring an Attorney After a Houston Car Accident
If you were involved in a car accident, you may be wondering whether you should involve a lawyer. This is an important issue to address and is something that you will need to decide for yourself, based on the seriousness of your collision and your individual concerns, needs and goals. At Stern Law Group, we believe in providing car accident victims the insight and answers they need to make their own choices about whether to involve legal counsel. Truly, the best way to determine whether you need an attorney is to undergo a free, confidential consultation with a qualified professional.
During a free case review with a professional at our firm, you can talk about your accident and what problems, if any, in filing an insurance claim. We can discuss the potential value of your claim and even whether a third party could be held liable through a personal injury lawsuit. By exploring all avenues and providing straightforward answers to your most pressing questions, we can help you decide whether you believe it will be beneficial to involve a lawyer.
Our firm handles car accident insurance claims and lawsuits in the Houston area. Our attorneys have more than 150 years of combined experience and have helped more than 40,000 clients. We have recovered more than $700 million in verdicts and settlements for the injured and wronged, always putting their interests first. If you are considering whether to hire a Houston car accident attorney, look no further than Stern Law Group. Call today to see how we can help you.
When You May Need an Attorney's Help
Not every car accident victim requires an attorney. In minor collisions involving property damage alone or only minor injuries, a victim may be able to resolve the matter with his or her insurance company (or the at-fault driver's insurance company) with no real problems. There are some circumstances, however, where a victim may need to consult with an attorney. You may need a legal professional's help if:
- The cause of the accident is disputed;
- The insurance company has denied your claim;
- You have been offered what seems to be an unfairly low settlement;
- Your claim has been unreasonably delayed;
- You were seriously injured;
- You missed a considerable amount of work; and/or
- You have been left with a permanent disability.
Complicated cases may require an attorney's attention, such as cases where the cause of the accident is in question (particularly if the other party is trying to lay the blame on your shoulders, when you did not cause the collision), or cases where your claim has been unfairly delayed or denied. Low settlement offers are another reason to include an attorney, who can review the offer in comparison to the actual injuries and losses you have suffered to see whether it is fair and in your best interests.
If you were seriously injured, you may need an attorney regardless of any complications that may or may not have arisen in regard to your insurance claim. In cases where a person has been catastrophically injured or has lost a loved one, it is far too easy for an insurance company to take advantage, offering a low settlement and pressuring an injured party into accepting. Hospital bills, physical therapy, medication, in-home care, ongoing treatment and lost income from missed work can quickly add up. Your best chance of rebuilding your life may be to recover a fair settlement or award – which an attorney can seek on your behalf.
Call a Houston Car Accident Lawyer Today
There is no fee and no obligation when you call a Houston car accident lawyer at our firm for a free consultation. We also handle auto accident cases on a contingent fee basis, meaning you pay no up-front costs and owe no legal fees unless we win your case. Ready to learn more? Contact our firm today.