When Should You Call a Lawyer After a Car Accident?

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When Should You Call a Lawyer After a Car Accident?

Car Accident Info

If you were in a car accident where anyone was injured or there was considerable vehicle damage, call a lawyer right away. They offer free consultations, so you will know whether or not your claim merits legal help or whether it is something you can handle on your own.

A Virginia car accident lawyer at Rutter Mills protects your rights and will hold the parties responsible for your injuries accountable. We handle all details of your claim, so you do not have to deal with the insurance company.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer After a Car Accident?

Before you can receive compensation, you must file a claim with your insurance company or the at-fault driver’s insurer. Keep in mind that an insurance company always wants to pay as little as possible to settle the claim quickly. They will also want a statement from you. It could inadvertently harm your claim if you submit it without legal advice.

Hiring an attorney means the insurance company will take your claim more seriously since you have legal representation. Although the statute of limitations in Virginia for filing a personal injury lawsuit is two years, seek legal counsel as soon as possible. Waiting too long can mean relevant evidence, such as surveillance tapes from roadways or businesses near the scene, are lost.

car accident attorney will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. They will also help prepare a statement for the insurance company, and establish the true value of your claim– often much more than the insurance company’s initial offer. This may include future medical and rehabilitation expenses pertaining to the injury, future lost income, and pain and suffering.

When an Attorney is Necessary

If the accident resulted in any of the following, hiring an attorney is an absolute necessity:

  • Death
  • Serious injury
  • Expensive medical treatment
  • Loss of work for more than a few days
  • Accident fault dispute
  • Difficulties with an insurance company

Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Most car accident claims are settled. However, there are instances when the insurance company will not agree to a reasonable amount for the accident victim’s injuries and ongoing needs. In that case, a lawyer can take your case to court via the filing of a personal injury lawsuit.

Contact us for a free consultation

If you or someone you know was involved in a car accident, contact the experienced car accident lawyers at Rutter Mills. You can schedule your free consultation by calling or texting us 24/7 or completing our online form. We will let you know whether you have grounds for a lawsuit and will advise you from there.

We serve clients in the Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach areas. Since we work on a contingency basis, there is never a fee unless we win.

Contact a Rutter Mills attorney to speak about your case today.

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After her car accident, Larena asked her father, a local stevedore, for his advice on who to call. He recommended Rutter Mills. Her team of car accident experts at Rutter Mills fought back when the insurance companies tried to deny her the money she needed to recuperate from her injuries. We took her case to trial – and won. When the insurance company filed their appeals, we beat them again – two more times! Larena got the money she needed and the justice she deserved.

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After John was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, he turned to the person he trusts most for a recommendation. His wife, a paralegal of 30 years, told him to call Rutter Mills on the advice of the lawyer she worked for.

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Taryn was in a car accident while she was pregnant. She knew she needed someone in her corner to protect her rights and her family’s future.

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A devasting accident changed Levon’s life forever. The physical and emotional toll left him scared and in pain. When the insurance company for the defendant contacted the family, they made an offer that did not even cover the cost of the medication, much less doctors’ bills, and physical therapy. They knew they needed to talk to a serious lawyer. Rutter Mills took care of the negotiation so Levon could focus on healing.

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