Car Accident or Motorcyle Accident: Should I Hire an Attorney?

Car Accident:  What should I do?

kansas city car accident attorney, kansas city car accident lawyer, kansas city motorcycle accident attorney, attorney, missouri, personal injury attorneyPeople who have been in a car accident or motorcycle accident call and often ask if they need to hire my law firm.  The answer always depends on many factors.  Not everyone that has been in a car accident or motorcycle accident needs to hire an attorney.  The best way to find out is to call a reputable personal injury lawyer that handles car accident and motorcycle accidetn cases and discuss the facts of your accident.  If you feel like the attorney is pressuring you to hire him or her too quickly, then you may be speaking with the wrong attorney.  If you speak with a laywer that asks you to pay them money to evaluate or handle your personal injury case, you are probably speaking with the wrong attorney.

One of the first decisions to make after you are involved in a car accident or motorcycle accident is whether to hire an attorney, or just deal with the insurance company on your own.  In some cases, people believe they can handle their car accident or motorcycle accident case on their own and do not want or need to pay a laywer.  The insurance company for the driver at fault may be telling the injured person that they don’t need a lawyer and that the insurance company will take care of them.

While these seem to be valid thoughts for not hiring an attorney after being involved in a car accident or motorcycle accident, there are other issues you must consider before making a final decision.

Examples where you probably should not hire or retain an attorney.

  • You were not hurt but were taken to the emergency room to be checked out and never received any further medical treatment
  • You were sore after the accident and went to your family physician and the soreness quickly went away
  • There was little or no property damage and little or no injury to you
  • You received minor injuries or no injures and the other driver’s insurance company is willing to pay a fair amount for your property damage, medical bills and injuries

Examples where you probably should hire or retain an attorney

  • You received more than minor injuries, were hospitalized or have incurred a lot of medical bills
  • You received  injuries that may be permanent or include fractures or scarring
  • You sustained back, neck, bone or muscular injuries that have not resolved
  • Injuries caused by a drunk driver where punitive damages may be an issue
  • The accident resulted in the death of your wife, husband, child, parent or loved one
  • Injuries caused by a tractor trailer accident, truck accident or any other type of commercial vehicle
  • The other driver or his or her insurance company is saying the accident was your fault when you know you were not at fault or are not sure
  • Accidents where determining who caused the accident is not obvious
  • The other driver did not have insurance (uninsured) or did not have enough insurance to cover you injuries and damages (underinsured)

If you have been injured in a car accident, you may need to hire a personal injury attorney.

When to hire a car accident attorney or personl injury attorney

If you need a car accident lawyer, motorcycle accident lawyer or personal injury lawyer, it is best to hire the lawyer early to avoid any costly mistakes. The deadline for filing personal injury claims varies from state to state. Because you may need to pay for medical bills and/or cover lost wages, the sooner you contact an attorney the better. In general, a person should contact an attorney shortly after the accident occurs — within a week or two of the accident.  Never give a statement to the other driver’s insurance company if you think you need to hire an attorney.  An attorney may be able advise you early on the best practices for submitting your medical bills to your health insurance company or auto insurer and avoid unpaid medical bills from going to collections and hurting your credit.

Questions to Ask a Car Accident Lawyer

Before speaking with a car accident attorney, motorcycle accident attorney or personal injury attorney, you should gather all relevant information and documents about the accident. Documents you may wish to discuss with an attorney include your insurance policy, information exchanged at the accident scene, medical bills and explanation of benefit form you may have recieved, police report, medicaid or medicare benefit summaries, photos of the cars involved, etc.  Some important question to ask an attorney include:

  • What percentage of you practice is devoted to handling personal injury cases
  • What experience do you have with the specific type of injury in question
  • What is a typical settlement range for cases similar to mine?
  • How much of my car accident case will you actually handle vs assistants or associates
  • Will you assist me in the best way to submit my medical bills to the insurance companies
  • Will you negotiate down and unpaid medical bills
  • Do you handle personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis and what is the percentage
  • Do you front all case expenses

What should you expect if you hire the Amick Law Firm LLC

Kansas City, Missouri attorney Brian Amick has been handling car accident, personal injury and wrongful death cases for over twenty years.  Brian handles every aspect of his cases from start to finish.  The Amick Law Firm LLC is not a volume case or advertising firm.  You will not see us on TV.  We will not settle you case for an unfair amount just to generate revenue and move on to the next case.  Brian returns his clients phone calls and will answer your questions personally.  You will not get the call service or assistant run around.

We do provide full support from start to finish on every aspect of your case.  This includes making sure you have reached maximum medical improvement before we start settlement negotiations.  If your injuries are permanent, it includes hiring the appropriate experts to give opinions concerning the nature and extent of your injuries.  It included calculating all past and future lost wages that you may have incurred.  It includes a full examination of the policy limits of insurance available for the at fault driver’s negligence, as well as an examination of your Uninsured or Underinsured motorist insurance coverage.  It includes making sure your medical bills have been submitted to all appropriate insurance companies and we will attempt to negotiate down any unpaid balances.  It includes resolving and negotiating any medical, medicare or medicaid liens that may exist.  Finally, if the insurance company is not willing to settle for a a fair amount, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf and fully litigate the case and try the case to a jury if necessary.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident or motorcycle accident involving serious personal injury, or you have lost  a loved one from an accident, we invite you to contact us for a free case review.  If we take your case we will front all costs and will work on a contingency fee, meaning that you won’t pay any attorneys’ fees unless and until there is a settlement or verdict in your favor.

Amick Law Firm LLC
Kansas City attorney Brian Amick has twenty years of experience handling serious personal injury and wrongful death cases
5600 NE Antioch Rd
Kansas City, Missouri,Missouri
Phone: 816-455-7600


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