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When Should I Contact a Lawyer After an Accident?

On behalf of Brad Wicker of BDIW Law posted on Friday February 26, 2021.

Accidents are always unexpected. You can experience an injury anywhere, at anytime. Most people do not know what to do after an accident and whether they need to talk to a lawyer.

Some injured victims underestimate the importance of contacting an attorney following an accident. However, the sooner you consult with a skilled lawyer, the sooner you can focus on your recovery.

Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our Oklahoma City personal injury lawyers at BDIW Law to find out how an attorney can help you with your case.

When Should You Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer?

While it is always a good idea to speak with an experienced lawyer to discover your legal options, you are unlikely to achieve a positive outcome without an attorney when your case involves any of the following:

1. You suffered a serious injury

The more serious your injury, the more complicated your personal injury case becomes. If you have experienced a severe injury or disability, you cannot afford to take chances by trying to handle your case on your own.

A lawyer will ensure that you are fairly and fully compensated for your injury. A serious injury could affect all aspects of your life, which is why you need a knowledgeable attorney to recover damages to make you “whole” again.

2. Fault is not immediately clear

If fault is not immediately clear or the other party (or their insurance company) blames you for the accident, it is highly advised to contact a personal injury lawyer right away to investigate your case. A skilled attorney will investigate your case and gather evidence to prove the other party’s fault to help you receive the compensation you deserve.

3. Your accident involves multiple parties

It is often difficult to establish fault in accidents that involve multiple parties. Oklahoma follows the doctrine of modified comparative negligence, which means that multiple parties may be deemed at fault for causing the accident (23 OK Stat § 23-13).

When this happens, each party’s compensation will be reduced in proportion to their degree of fault. Other parties can try to shift the blame to you if they know that you do not have a lawyer. That is why it is essential to contact an experienced attorney after an accident that involves several potentially at-fault parties.

4. You are dealing with insurance companies

Insurance companies are profit-motivated businesses, so it is not surprising that insurers try to pay victims as little as possible to protect their bottom line.

Insurance companies employ various techniques to undervalue and deny personal injury claims, and a knowledgeable attorney can spot those dishonest and bad faith tactics from a mile away.

Your attorney will fight for the best possible resolution of your claim by ensuring that the insurance company handles your case fairly. The accomplished and reputable attorneys at BDIW Law are committed to fighting for your rights throughout every step in the claims process.

Our personal injury lawyers in Oklahoma City have a proven track record of success in representing injured victims and helping them recover maximum compensation. If you are still unsure whether you should contact a lawyer or not, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation by calling 405-886-9660.