What To Expect When You Hire A Car Accident Attorney

Posted on: 26 June 2018

If you have been injured in a car accident, you may need to hire an attorney to help you receive compensation for the damages and injuries received. This is especially true if you are having trouble dealing with the insurance companies, or they keep offering you a settlement that will not pay all your medical bills. However, you may have never had to work with a lawyer before and only know what to expect because of television shows. To better prepare you, here are a few things you need to know about working with an attorney.

Legal Fees

It is common for personal injury attorneys (those that deal with car accidents) to provide a free initial consultation. This is done so you can determine whether or not a lawyer can help you. If your case will not end with more money than what the insurance company is offering, there is no need to pay for legal help. You should take any medical records and repair quotes with you to this visit. The lawyer will look everything over and come up with a rough idea as to how much compensation you will receive. The legal fees will amount to a percentage of what you receive and will not need to be paid until you get the money. If you receive nothing, you will not have to pay any legal fees. You will discuss how much the fees will be and whether the compensation will be enough to pay for all your expenses and the lawyer.


Once hired, the attorney will take over all communications regarding the accident. This includes talking to the insurance companies, your doctors and therapists, and even any bill collectors. You will be kept informed of everything as it happens. You will no longer have to spend time and energy dealing with the people who cause you stress that can keep you from healing quickly.

Settlement or Trial

In most cases, your lawyer will be able to reach a reasonable settlement with the insurance companies without the need of going to a court trial. However, if this does not happen, your lawyer will prepare the case and go to court with you. They will make sure to have the required witnessed and experts on hand to testify on your behalf. 

A car accident case in real life is usually not as interesting or dramatic as they are on television. Part of the reason for this is because of car accident attorneys. They handle everything to keep you from having to so you can heal and get on with your life.