IN THE NEWS: OLD LIST OF SIX PROVES VERY RELEVANT TODAY
That list of six questions published in the National Law Review more than five years ago? It’s still very relevant today.
After an auto accident, how do you know whether to hire a personal injury attorney, is the basic query. Asking yourself the following five questions will help you arrive at an answer:
- How serious is your injury? Has the pain lasted longer than a few days? Was medical care necessary – hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy, orthopedics?
- Do you believe the injury was caused by someone else’s actions?
- Is an insurance company contacting you with settlement offers?
- Is your insurance company refusing to pay or offering a very minimal amount?
- Is an insurance company denying that the other party is at fault?
Perhaps the most important question is #6: Are you comfortable with the settlement process, with deciphering your own medical records, and with the law? If the answer is “No”, or even “I’m not sure”, it’s time to consult a personal injury attorney in Indiana.
Even if the accident occurred outside of our state, you can still take advantage of the legal services of a professional from your own state of residence, UnifiedInjury.com explains. As long as your personal injury lawyer is skilled and knowledgeable enough to handle the negotiations, you should be in good hands. In fact, working with a lawyer close to home makes it easier to meet regularly to get updates on your case and its progress.
On the you-need-to-know list is this: While Indiana is a “fault state”, a dozen other states have a no-fault car insurance system in place. In a no-fault state, each driver’s insurance will typically pay for his or her own injuries, regardless of who was at fault for the accident. Indiana liability law, by contrast, holds each driver accountable for his or her role in the accident equation and assigns a percentage of fault to each driver.
If your answer to Question #6 isn’t a definite “yes”, the personal injury attorneys at Ramey & Hailey might be of help.