When should you contact a personal injury lawyer after a car accident? Within the first 30 days, you ought to contact a personal injury lawyer. Quite frankly it would be good to do so within the first several days. It does not mean that you need to hire a lawyer at that point. Quite frankly when we get calls that early probably about half of those calls we end up telling folks because of the situation or the injuries at that point that you don’t need to hire us just yet.
Let’s see how things progress but we give the client some of the tools they need to fully protect their rights as if they have a lawyer.
The number one reason is as follows. You want to make sure that you contact all insurance companies to put them on notice. In Georgia, if you don’t put an insurance company on notice most particularly your insurance company you could lose your rights under the policy down the road to have insurance proceeds applied to your injury case to compensate you.
We always tell folks you need to get to someone quickly so that you can learn where to look for different insurance policies. There’s a lot of unique areas depending on relatives that live with you, cars involved being covered by multiple insurance companies, those sorts of things that you want to make sure that you know who exactly is at fault, get contact with all of their insurance companies, your auto coverage, resident relatives is the name of the statute that lives in your home. Policies that they have in their vehicles will likely apply to your injury case. That is the number one reason you want to contact a lawyer.
You do not want to have a situation where you wait until you realize a year later that your injuries are very severe, treatment has cost a ton of money to then get to a lawyer who tells you, oh, you didn’t put your insurance company on notice, this, that and this. You don’t have that extra coverage for what ended up being a very large claim.