This may come as a surprise coming from a personal injury attorney in Cleveland, Ohio, but you do NOT need a lawyer for all car accidents. The reality is: Accidents happen. It’s a reality of life. Some accidents aren’t bad. No one gets hurt. Damage is minor. Witnesses and video recordings quickly establish any at-fault parties. People recover. Cars get fixed. We all move on with our lives.
In those accidents, you probably don’t need an attorney. You’re probably okay handling things on your own. And, in reality, that accounts for the majority of accidents that happen—minor fender benders that do little more than cause our hearts to jump and cause inconvenience.
Not all accidents are so simple, though.
Certainly, more serious accidents occur, and for those, you’re going to want a qualified and experienced Ohio accident attorney.
While there are a number of things to take into consideration, the short answer is: the sooner, the better.
Remember, your lawyer is going to be able to gather the facts from you quickly and ascertain—based on years of experience—whether you have a case or not. In fact, we put together a helpful blog post on what kinds of things a lawyer looks at to determine if you have a case.
If the accident is something worth pursuing as a case, it is best to get a lawyer involved early. They will be able to begin working with and advising you right from the beginning. Also, they will be able to begin gathering evidence sooner rather than later.
Collecting and protecting evidence early on can be pivotal to your case. If this is not done properly, evidence can disappear over time, and its accuracy and legitimacy can be called into question. The same is true for witness statements. Those need to be gathered and recorded earlier as they are likely to change over time. People’s memories fade; It’s a fact.
The more grievous and complicated your case is, the earlier you’ll want to have an attorney involved.
Some of the more important times you will want to seek the assistance of trusted legal counsel after an accident include:
If you have been in a serious accident, there are going to be a lot of complexities involved in the resolution of your case. Most likely, there will be police involvement. The insurance companies are also going to get involved. Doctors—maybe several, especially once you start adding in specialists and surgeons—will be something you have to deal with. Then, the billing companies for doctors, hospitals and medical centers. Don’t forget dealing with the mechanic and possibly—although, hopefully not—funeral homes and forensic examiners.
While no one should lose a loved one due to negligence or recklessness on the roadways, we know firsthand that it happens. The Ohio State Highway Patrol says there has already been 931 confirmed traffic fatalities this year. The number keeps growing, and it’s already 8% higher than it was last year.
The lawyer you choose to represent you after a serious and/or fatal traffic accident in Ohio needs to be familiar with the law, the limitations, personnel, and procedures surrounding the accident and court resolution.
We work with you to help you make a difficult time less difficult. That includes working with your insurance companies, doctors, and mechanics to help relieve some of the stress and financial obligation from you until everything has been decided. With more than 40 years’ worth of impressive courtroom wins, including the largest judgment in Ohio history, the Lowe Eklund Wakefield team has transformed tough litigation into an art form. While we can’t undo what’s happened, we can work with you and within the legal system to see that justice is served.
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