Car Accident Without Injuries: Do I Need a Lawyer?
Many people in motor vehicle accidents not involving physical injuries wonder whether they need to retain an attorney. As is often the case with legal issues, the decision to hire a lawyer to handle your case after a car accident depends on a number of factors. Generally speaking, people who are involved in relatively simple car accidents in which liability is conceded and damages are easily ascertainable can recover compensation without the assistance of an attorney.
In many cases, however, victims are unaware of issues that could entitle them to significantly more compensation than an insurance company is offering. Therefore, it is often advisable for people involved in a car accident to have their case reviewed by a lawyer before accepting any settlement offer made by an insurance company.
There is No Cost Associated with Having Your Car Accident Case Reviewed by an Experienced Attorney
At GJEL, we take all of our car accident cases on a contingency-fee basis. This means our lawyers do not charge any legal fees unless and until we successfully recover compensation for our clients. As a result, car accident victims can meet with an attorney and have their case thoroughly evaluated by an attorney at no cost to them. Some of the reasons a person involved in a car accident that did not result in injuries would need an attorney include the following:
- Liability is Disputed – One of the most common reasons a person who was involved in an injury-free car accident would retain a lawyer is if the other party refuses to concede liability. In order to be able to recover for the damages they have sustained, a car accident victim needs to be able to establish that the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence. If liability is disputed, there is a good chance that a particular case may go to trial, in which case it is crucial to be represented by an experienced lawyer.
- Damages are Disputed – Another reason it might be advisable for a person involved in a car accident to talk to an attorney is if the amount of compensation that will be paid is in dispute. Generally, in an injury-free accident, the only damages a plaintiff will claim are those for the property damage to his or her vehicle. There may be some cases in which these damages are disputed, such as when a vehicle is particularly unique and difficult to accurately value or if the at-fault party claims that repairs could be done more cheaply than the plaintiff is claiming.
Injuries May Not be Symptomatic for a Significant Period of Time After an Accident
In some car accident cases, the fact that victims have suffered an injury may not be apparent for days or even weeks after the crash occurred. This is particularly true for soft-tissue injuries such as whiplash, which has the potential to be extremely painful and could become a chronic condition.
Failing to retain legal counsel and preserve evidence regarding potential injuries you may have sustained has the potential to result in an inability to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost income, loss of quality of life, physical and emotional pain and suffering, as well as other losses that may be associated with car accident injuries.
Psychological Injuries May Entitle Car Accident Victims to Compensation
Many car accidents that do not result in physical injuries nonetheless leave victims with significant psychological injuries that may entitle them to compensation. In many cases, a car accident is an extremely traumatic and violent event, and victims can develop psychological and emotional problems that could affect them for years. Some of the kinds of psychological injuries that can occur after a car accident include the following:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
These kinds of injuries are often difficult to establish, but an experienced attorney can help victims gather evidence and develop an official record that supports their claim of psychological and emotional injuries after a car accident.
Contact GJEL Accident Attorneys Today to Retain Legal Counsel
If you have been involved in a car accident, you should talk to an attorney regardless of whether there were injuries involved. Even if an attorney ultimately advises you to proceed without legal counsel, there is no cost associated with meeting with one of our lawyers and discussing your case. To schedule a consultation with one of our experienced California car accident attorneys, call our office today at 866-218-3376 or send us an email through our online contact form.