An accident often leads to serious injuries. Sometimes, because of the adrenaline pumping and focus on the incident, you may not feel any injuries until hours after you left the accident scene or even days later. Even when you feel pain your injuries may not be diagnosed until weeks later.
“Delayed onset” injuries can be just as painful and dangerous as those felt on the scene of the accident.
Here are a few of the most common examples of injuries you may not know about at the time of the accident:
It’s difficult for someone HURT in an accident to decide which personal injury attorney to hire but there are some factors you can look at.
Hire a lawyer who does only personal injury
Most important is to hire a lawyer who does only personal injury. Some law firms practice in different areas but the law firm should have a lawyer representing you who only does personal injury. Accident cases are too complicated for lawyers who practice in many different areas.
The best time to call a lawyer for an injury caused by an accident
The best time to call a lawyer for an injury caused by an accident is as soon as possible after an accident.
Reasons to call immediately after an accident:
- There are many short time deadlines to protect various benefits. The time to file a lawsuit, known as the statute of limitations, varies from state to state but is usually 2 or 3 years for personal injury. The time to file a claim against a government agency may be 90 days and after that only 1 year to file a lawsuit. The time to file a lawsuit for medical malpractice may be shorter than for personal injury. Other benefits such as medical payments and disability payments from No-Fault can be just a matter of 30 or 90 days. You need to call a personal injury lawyer immediately to find out the time deadlines for your case in your state.
Hiring a Personal Injury or Accident Attorney
The cost to hire an accident attorney is similar from state to state and from lawyer to lawyer. In every state, you can hire an accident attorney on a contingency fee basis. The differences include the percentage of the contingency fee and how the case expenses are charged.
What is a Contingency Fee?
A contingency fee is a legal fee based upon a contingent event. When HURT in an accident, the contingent event is whether the lawyer gets money for you or not. If your attorney successfully obtains money for you, the contingency is met and the legal fee becomes due. If your attorney is not successful and does not get money for you, the contingency is not reached and you will not be charged.
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