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I’ve been in a car accident in New York. Do I need a lawyer?

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This is a really common question. Most people have never been hurt in a car accident. Nobody wants to be in one, and people often describe their accidents as sudden, shocking, an “explosion.” It is completely unsettling. People don’t know where to turn or how to move forward. This is where a good, experienced car accident lawyer can help immensely.

A good attorney takes away the worry about getting you paid for your injuries while you focus on getting healthy.

What Does A Car Accident Lawyer Do?

Car accidents can be very complicated, and the process of getting compensation takes time. An experienced attorney knows how to use that time to your advantage to get you every dollar you deserve. Some of the things your attorney might do include:

  • Help you get the medical treatment you deserve
  • Collect your medical records for the insurance
  • Communicate with the insurance company and maintain a dialogue to keep the insurance company informed and make sure it doesn’t forget about you
  • Negotiate with the insurance company so it doesn’t try to undercut your fair compensation
  • Make the insurance company pay

People often don’t know how badly they’ve been hurt by an accident. Some injuries don’t have immediate symptoms. Some injuries lead to lifelong changes. People often don’t know what these injuries are worth. But an experienced car accident lawyer knows the values assigned to these injuries and can help you get at the appropriate numbers.

Do I Need To Sue?

Most people don’t like to sue. They don’t want to sue their neighbor. But the process is not about suing your neighbor; it’s about getting the insurance company to pay.

You probably have insurance, and you pay your premiums. These are the payments you make to cover the costs of an accident. Insurance companies are very happy to collect these premiums, and you might have even noticed how quickly your insurance company contacts you if you ever miss a payment. But when it comes time for them to cover claims, insurance companies don’t want to pay.

Insurance companies look for ways to pay as little as possible. They are not happy to cover claims, and your lawyer’s job is to help you recover every dollar from the insurance company that you are entitled to. A good attorney will also take the stress from that process off your hands while you focus on healing.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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