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When is the Right Time for Me to Call an Attorney After a Collision?

You’ve just been in a collision during your morning commute on I-495. You’re scared and you don’t know what to do. What should you do?

There are two things you should do right away: 1) Call the police, and 2) seek medical attention if you believe you have been injured! You should always keep in mind that not all injuries are immediately apparent or visible. Even if you feel like you weren’t hurt, a check-up could reveal something that requires immediate treatment.

Once the authorities have reached the collision site and you’re on your way to the hospital, should you also call an attorney?

While every case is different and not every collision results in a valid claim, if any of the situations below apply to you, you should call us to discuss the possibility of filing a claim against the other party or parties:

You were seriously hurt

If a medical examination confirms that you have been seriously and/or permanently injured, you may be able to pursue a claim for medical costs, loss of current and future earning ability, pain and suffering, and related damages. Examples of such injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • And more

Any injury that has a long-term or permanent effect on your ability to earn a living, carry on daily activities, and/or enjoy life may allow you to file a claim against the other driver.

Someone was killed

If a loved one was in the car with you at the time of the crash and died from their injuries, we can guide and support you, and help you seek justice. We will fight for your right to hold the other driver accountable for your loss by filing a wrongful death suit.

Multiple parties were involved

Some motor vehicle collisions involve multiple vehicles. For example, a commercial transport driver runs a red light, forcing a passenger vehicle to swerve and hit your car in the adjoining lane. A multi-vehicle crash like this is a complicated legal situation, and you need experienced legal advice if you decide to bring a lawsuit.

The at-fault driver was uninsured

If any of the parties involved in the crash lack insurance, a personal injury attorney can help you file a claim, or lawsuit if necessary, to obtain monetary damages. Although most auto insurance companies include uninsured motorist coverage in their policies, it might not be enough to compensate you to the extent you are entitled. 

The insurance company is acting in bad faith

If an insurance company does any of the following after the collision, it is acting in bad faith and professional legal support is recommended:

  • Denies you the coverage you have paid for
  • Dismisses your claim without even investigating it
  • Does not explain the reason for denying your claim

In these situations, an attorney can be your advocate and advisor. For years, the team at Pérez Halpern LLC has been guiding and supporting those who have been injured on the roads and highways of Maryland, Virginia, and the D.C. Metropolitan area. We will calculate the damages you may be entitled to, keep you informed at every stage of the process, and represent your best interests until the moment your case concludes. We can help protect your rights right up to and including, if need be, litigation. This is YOUR case, and we can support and guide you towards the best outcome, but at the end of the day, it is your needs and goals that is our priority. Pick up the phone and call us today!

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