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Do I Need a Lawyer for a Car Accident?

What a Car Accident Lawyer Can Do For You

Dealing with the consequences of a car accident can be emotionally and physically draining. Car accidents can also put a significant strain on your finances. Fortunately, the law in Pennsylvania allows you to seek compensation for damages suffered in a car accident. You may be asking, ‘Do I need a lawyer for a car accident?’ At van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim, we understand the impact that car accidents can have on their victims. We are committed to protecting the rights of victims and helping them recover maximum compensation. Below, we explore situations in which a car accident attorney can be of help and the risks involved in choosing to go it alone.

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Situations in Which a Car Accident Attorney Can Help

A lawyer can be invaluable after a car accident in numerous situations to protect your rights and ensure you receive fair compensation. Here are some specific scenarios where an attorney is crucial:

  • Determining Fault: Lawyers can help establish who was at fault in the accident, especially in cases with disputed liability or multiple parties involved.
  • Complex Liability Issues: Accidents involving shared fault, unclear liability, or multiple responsible parties can benefit from legal guidance.
  • Dealing with Insurance Companies: Attorneys can negotiate with insurance companies to ensure you receive adequate compensation for property damage, medical bills, and other losses.
  • Uninsured or Underinsured Drivers: If the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured, a lawyer can help you navigate the complexities of uninsured/underinsured motorist claims.
  • Hit and Run Cases: When the at-fault driver leaves the scene (hit and run), a lawyer can assist in identifying the responsible party and pursuing a claim.
  • Gathering and Preserving Evidence: Lawyers can help collect and safeguard critical evidence, such as accident reports, witness statements, photos, and medical records.
  • Maximizing Compensation: Attorneys are skilled at identifying all potential sources of compensation, ensuring you receive full coverage for your losses.
  • Medical Treatment Disputes: If an insurance company disputes the necessity of certain medical treatments, a lawyer can advocate for your medical needs.
  • Lost Income and Disability Claims: Lawyers can help you recover lost wages and other income if you are unable to work due to the accident.
  • Property Damage Claims: An attorney can assist with property damage claims to ensure you receive a fair settlement for repairing or replacing your vehicle.
  • Diminished Value Claims: If your vehicle's value has decreased due to the accident, a lawyer can help you pursue a diminished value claim.
  • Pain and Suffering: Lawyers can help you seek compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other non-economic damages.
  • Wrongful Death Claims: In cases involving a fatality, a lawyer can assist surviving family members in pursuing a wrongful death claim.
  • Special Circumstances: Accidents involving factors such as defective vehicle components, road hazards, or criminal behavior may require specialized legal expertise.
  • Statute of Limitations: Lawyers ensure you meet all legal deadlines for filing claims or lawsuits within the statute of limitations.
  • Expert Witnesses: Attorneys can locate and consult expert witnesses, such as accident reconstruction specialists or medical experts, to strengthen your case.
  • Pre-Existing Injuries: If you had pre-existing injuries, an attorney can help you differentiate between new injuries caused by the accident and pre-existing conditions.
  • Appeals: If your initial claim is denied or you are dissatisfied with the outcome, an attorney can help you file an appeal and represent your case in court.
  • Complex Legal Issues: Car accidents can involve various complex legal issues, and lawyers are trained to address these challenges effectively.
  • Subrogation Claims: If your health insurance or workers' compensation is paid for your medical expenses, a lawyer can help manage subrogation claims to protect your compensation.

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  • Unmatched Support: Navigating the Fallout of a Car Accident
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    "I was involved in a car accident while 13 weeks pregnant. I didn’t know where to turn until a friend gave me a number and said “Hey, check out this lawyer”. I did just that, and even though the process was long, which I expected, it was the best decision I've made in a long time. In the end, we won! I have to thank Mr. Hartshorn and his team for everything they have done for not only me but my family as well. I could not have picked a better lawyer! Thank you all so very much! On a scale of 1 to 10, you guys are a 100!"

    - Deasia C. / Client
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    "Wonderful experience with this law firm after getting hit last summer. The whole staff is on top of things and communicates well. A special shoutout to the attorney who handled my case and negotiated my medical bills. I was able to get the care and treatment I needed with minimal stress because they handled it all!"

    - Amanda A. / Client
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    "Going with this law firm for my auto accident case was the best advice anyone ever gave me. I was very impressed with my results and the way they handled my case and me."

    - Ant F. / Client
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    “I wanted to thank you for the excellent work you did as my attorney with the settlement of my automobile accident. I know you have a lot of clients, so your prompt responses and attention to detail really meant a lot to me.”

    - Jarrett H. / Client

Not hiring a car accident lawyer can carry significant risks, as legal representation can be crucial in navigating the complexities of car accident claims and ensuring your rights and interests are protected. Here are some of the risks associated with not hiring a car accident lawyer:

  • Reduced Compensation: Insurance companies are often motivated to settle claims quickly and for as little as possible. Without a lawyer, you may be offered a settlement that does not fully cover your losses, leaving you with reduced compensation for medical expenses, property damage, and other costs.
  • Inadequate Understanding of Legal Procedures: Navigating the legal system and understanding the various laws and regulations related to car accidents can be challenging. An attorney can ensure that all necessary legal procedures are followed, preventing costly mistakes.
  • Difficulty Proving Liability: Establishing fault in a car accident can be complex, especially in cases with multiple parties or disputed liability. An experienced attorney can gather evidence, interview witnesses, and reconstruct the accident to prove liability on your behalf.
  • Misinterpretation of Legal Documents: Legal documents and insurance policies can contain complex language that may be misinterpreted without legal expertise. A lawyer can review documents, contracts, and agreements to protect your rights and interests.
  • Missing Legal Deadlines: There are strict deadlines for filing claims and lawsuits related to car accidents. Failing to meet these deadlines can result in the loss of your right to seek compensation.
  • Dealing with Insurance Companies: Insurance adjusters may attempt to take advantage of your lack of legal representation by pressuring you into accepting lowball settlement offers. An attorney can handle negotiations on your behalf and ensure you receive fair compensation.
  • Uninsured or Underinsured Drivers: If the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured, navigating the complexities of uninsured/underinsured motorist claims can be challenging without legal assistance.
  • Loss of Future Compensation: Without a lawyer, you may miss out on compensation for future medical expenses, lost income, and long-term disability, which can have a significant impact on your financial well-being.
  • Failure to Consider All Damages: Attorneys can identify all potential sources of compensation and ensure you receive adequate coverage for not only medical bills and property damage but also pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other non-economic damages.
  • Legal Errors: Attempting to handle a car accident claim on your own can result in legal errors that may harm your case. A lawyer can provide expert guidance and avoid common pitfalls.
  • Complex Legal Issues: Car accident cases may involve intricate legal issues, such as product liability, road design flaws, or governmental liability. Lawyers have the knowledge and resources to address these challenges effectively.
  • Emotional Stress: Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident, injuries, and insurance companies can be emotionally taxing. An attorney can alleviate some of this stress by handling the legal aspects of your case.
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Consult with Us Today

Are you still asking ‘Do I need a lawyer for a car accident?’ If you’re still not sure whether you can benefit from hiring an attorney get in touch with our experts at van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim and schedule a free consultation. We will be glad to review your case for free and provide you with guidance on the best approach to take. Our experienced attorneys can provide the necessary legal expertise and representation to ensure your interests are protected and you receive the compensation you deserve.

Schedule a consultation with one of our experienced car accident lawyers by dialing (215) 486-0123 today.

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  • Unrivaled Record of SuccessWe have won tens of millions of dollars for injured victims, and have achieved countless "not guilty" verdicts for clients faced with criminal charges.
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