Many times, car crash victims are unsure if they need a lawyer to help them pursue compensation for their medical bills and other damages. That is often the reason some victims wait to contact a lawyer or try to manage the legal process on their own.
However, if you wait too long to call a lawyer, it may be harder for him or her to assist you. It is also important to note victims should not be concerned that it may be too soon to call a lawyer. Sometimes victims call lawyers from the scene of the accident or the hospital.
At Greg Monforton & Partners, it costs nothing to discuss your situation in a free consultation with a licensed lawyer. We have helped countless crash victims and can determine if you may have a case and explain the benefits of working with a lawyer.
Benefits of Calling a Lawyer Soon After a Crash
Crash victims often have many questions about what to do next and their legal options. They need guidance they can trust from someone who is committed to their best interests. Crash victims need to realize the only one in their corner besides themselves and their family and friends is their lawyer.
At our firm, our goal is to secure the compensation you need to pay your medical bills, reimburse you for lost wages and other damages like pain and suffering. We want you to have the compensation you need to move forward.
By calling a lawyer soon after the crash, you can get your questions answered and learn what you should do next. Calling a lawyer soon after the crash also helps prevent you from making incorrect assumptions about your legal options. The insurance company may mislead you into thinking you cannot afford a lawyer or should avoid calling one.
If a lawyer validates your claim and you decide to hire him or her, he or she can talk to the insurance company on your behalf. This helps to protect the value of your claim, as car insurance companies know how to manipulate crash victims.
If you wait to call a lawyer, you may have multiple conversations with the insurance company and say things that are damaging to your claim. Crash victims often unknowingly say things that damage their claim, as they often feel a need to be helpful and answer all the insurance company’s questions.
If the insurance company asks about your injuries and you offer too much information beyond the basic facts, you could give the insurance company a reason to claim your injuries are not that serious and you do not need much compensation.
Statements like “I think I will be fine,” or “I feel OK,” may sound harmless to you, but insurers take these statements to mean your injuries are not that bad and you do not need much compensation.
We understand some crash victims are unsure about taking legal action. In fact, some may feel bad about it, as if they are being too litigious. However, if you did not cause your injuries and another party did through its negligence, you have the right to seek compensation.
When Might It be Too Late to Contact a Lawyer?
Crash victims should not assume it is too late to contact a lawyer, even if it is. It costs nothing to meet with one of our trusted lawyers in a free consultation.
When crash victims make assumptions about their rights and legal options, they may end up leaving compensation on the table by not filing a claim or by accepting a lowball offer from the insurance company.
It is often a good idea to file a claim within 90 days of the accident. However, even if it is getting close to 90 days, our firm may be able to help.
That said, there is a deadline of two years set by the Ontario Limitations Act. If you are approaching two years since the accident, it may be too late to file. Even so, you should contact a lawyer to see if he or she can help you. At Greg Monforton & Partners, we have extensive knowledge of the law and possible exceptions to the two-year deadline.
However, it takes time to build a case. The longer you wait to call a lawyer, the less time he or she gets to build your case. You want to give your lawyer as much time as possible so he or she can take all the steps needed to pursue the compensation you need.
What if Your Claim Has Already Been Denied?
Many crash victims call a lawyer after their claim has been denied. There are many reasons a claim could be denied, but it may be possible to overturn a denial. However, this is a complex process, and you would greatly benefit from working with an experienced lawyer.
The insurance company has its own financial interests that are in direct competition with your interests. You should not let them have the final word on your claim without hearing what a lawyer has to say about your case.
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Our Windsor car accident lawyers help clients in Windsor and throughout the province of Ontario. We are dedicated to pursuing maximum compensation for your damages and there are no upfront costs with our services.
We have secured $300 million on behalf of our clients in a wide variety of cases, and we are ready to assist you.
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