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When Should I get a Car Accident Attorney?

After being involved in a car accident, it is common for people to feel overwhelmed and uncertain about what they should do. If you have been in a car accident, you might wonder whether you should hire a lawyer. If you think that you should, you might also wonder how soon you should schedule a consultation. There are a number of factors that you should consider in order to determine whether you might need a lawyer and when you should contact one.

Factors in Determining Whether You Need to Hire a California Car Accident Lawyer

You should consider hiring a car accident attorney if you have been involved in a car accident that resulted in serious injuries, property damage, or other related expenses. Here are some specific situations when you should get a car accident attorney:

  1. Serious Injuries: If you have suffered serious injuries in a car accident, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, or internal injuries, it is important to hire a car accident attorney. They can help you assess your damages and ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries.

  2. Multiple Parties Involved: If multiple parties were involved in the accident, it can be challenging to determine fault and negotiate with insurance companies. A car accident attorney can help navigate this complex situation and ensure that you receive fair compensation.

  3. Disputed Liability: If the other driver disputes liability or blames you for the accident, it is important to hire a car accident attorney. They can investigate the accident, gather evidence, and present a strong case to protect your legal rights.

  4. Insurance Company Denial: If the insurance company denies your claim or offers a low settlement amount, it may be necessary to hire a car accident attorney. They can negotiate with the insurance company to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

  5. Statute of Limitations: Each state has a statute of limitations for filing a car accident claim. If you wait too long to file a claim, you may lose your right to compensation. A car accident attorney can ensure that you meet all deadlines and protect your legal rights.  In California the normal time deadline for filing a lawsuit is two years from the date of the incident but, can be as short as six months if public entities are involved.  A lawyer is best equipped to determine these deadlines.

Overall, if you have been involved in a car accident, it is important to consult with a car accident attorney to protect your legal rights and ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries and related expenses.

How Soon After the California Car Accident Should I Consult or Retain an Attorney?

One of the main arguments car insurance claims adjusters use to deny or reduce the value of claims is delay in seeking medical treatment and delay in presenting the claim.  A delay of even a few weeks can drastically reduce the value of the claim.  Getting an attorney to help you as soon as possible after the crash is always the best course of action.

Client Reviews
I have known Steven for some time now and when his services were required he jumped in and took control of my cases. I had two and they were handled with the utmost professionalism and courtesy. He went the extra mile regardless of the bumps in the road. I can not see me using any other attorney and I would recommend him to any of my family and friends. Josie A.
Steven was vital during our most trying time. He was referred by a friend after an accident that involved a family member. While he was critical and lying in the hospital, Steven was kind, patient and knowledgeable about what we were going through. Following our loss, Steven became a tough and aggressive negotiator and made sure that we receive a huge compensation. I would refer Steven in fact, this happened 2 years ago and I still speak highly of his service. Cheryl S.
Mr. Sweat is a pitbull in the courtroom as well as settlement negotiations - You can't have a better equipped attorney in your corner! It is a pleasure working as colleagues together on numerous cases. He can get the job done. Jonathan K.
Because of Steven Sweat, my medical support was taken care of. Plus, I had more money to spare for my other bills. Steven is not only an excellent personal injury lawyer, providing the best legal advice, but also a professional lawyer who goes beyond his call of duty just to help his clients! He stood up for me and helped me get through the process. I would definitely recommend. I couldn't think of any better lawyer than him. MiraJane C.
I must tell anyone, if you need a great attorney, Steve sweat is the guy! I had an awful car accident and had no idea where to turn. He had so much to deal with because my accident was a 4 car pile up. Not to mention all the other cars were behind me and they were not wanting to settle in any way! He never stopped working for me and had my best interest at heart! Audra W.
I believe I made the best choice with Steven M Sweat, Personal Injury. I was very reluctant to go forward with my personal injury claim. I had a valid claim and I needed a professional attorney to handle it. I felt so much better when I let Steven take my case. His team did everything right and I am very satisfied. Stia P.
I have to say that Steve has been exemplary! I met Steve at a point with my case that I was ready to give up. He took the time and dealt with all of my concerns. Most importantly, he was present and listened to what I was going through. He was able to turn things around, put me and my case on the right track! The results were better that expected! Highly recommend!! Cody A.