One of the most common questions we get from people involved in an accident is “Do you need a lawyer after a car accident?” Our answer is that it comes down to several factors: the severity of the accident, whether you are willing to take time off work for the lengthy process of taking legal action, and your access to reliable legal advice.
The most common way for attorneys to charge for their services is by contingency fee. This means that they are only paid if they succeed in recovering damages for you. This is how we handle most personal injury claims at Helland. Contingency fees typically range from 33-40% of the total amount recovered, with fees being higher the more complex or difficult a case may be.
The time it takes to file a personal injury claim is highly variable. The amount of evidence gathered and how quickly your attorney is able to obtain all the necessary paperwork will influence how long it will take to file your personal injury claim. If your case goes to court, this can extend the timeline significantly. Of course, there are several additional steps beyond paperwork in filing a personal injury claim that may take more or less time than others. At Helland, our office likes to strike a nice balance between giving you enough time to heal and making sure we settle before the statute of limitations runs out.
If you're concerned that the settlement amount is not enough to cover all of your current and future expenses related to your car accident, then having a lawyer review your case could make all the difference. A personal injury lawyer can ensure that your rights are protected and that the settlement accurately reflects any costs associated with the injury. At Helland, our precedent cases and knowledge of laws on local, state, and federal levels could potentially provide more favorable terms than what was initially offered by your insurance company.
First and foremost, seeking medical attention should be your top priority. It's essential to document any physical injuries you sustained in the accident and make sure they are treated properly. If there is any chance that your injuries will require ongoing care, you must get it documented by a doctor as soon as possible. This could be key evidence if your case goes to court. Other steps you can take to help your claim before hiring an attorney would be gathering any information related to the accident that you can from witnesses or from any recordings made at the scene. Photos of the area taken shortly after the incident occurred can also be very helpful in showing what happened. Even though you already settled with your insurance company, these records can still help strengthen your case if an attorney is involved down the line.
Many personal injury attorneys only charge their clients contingency fees, as we do at Helland. In other words, with little to no money upfront the only cost to you would be a percentage of the potential damages you could be awarded when your case is settled. It's important to remember, however, that experience matters more than the price tag alone. While cheaper attorneys may seem attractive at first, it's important to make sure that you are getting quality representation from someone who has plenty of experience dealing with cases like yours. At Helland, we have over fifty years of experience representing clients in personal injury cases just like yours.