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Do I Need A Lawyer After A Kentucky Car Crash?

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If you have insurance, you may wonder if you need to hire a lawyer after getting in a car crash. You may even think you could save money by not hiring an attorney to help you. But the opposite is actually true: by not hiring a lawyer, you cheat yourself of the opportunity to collect the maximum possible compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other costs associated with the crash.

Why? Because you cannot trust insurance companies to automatically give you full compensation for your claim. Despite what advertising might lead you to believe, insurance companies are not in the business of paying claims: they are in the business of collecting premiums. In short, they would prefer to take as much as your money as possible and have to give back as little as possible when you need it.

How We Can Help

Knowing what you are up against, there are several things our firm can do to help you build a successful claim. The first thing we can do is to help you document the crash, and gather all the information you need to make a compelling case to the insurance company. For example, we can help to obtain:

  • Police reports
  • Medical records and bills
  • Information from witnesses
  • Photographs of the accident scene, damaged vehicles and other visual evidence from the crash

Once we have all the information we need, we take care of the paperwork of building your claim so that you can focus on recovery. This can include:

  • Communicating with the insurance company to get them to pay bills or reimburse you for lost wages
  • Filling out the paperwork that’s needed to activate those payments
  • Finding appropriate medical providers and making sure they get paid
  • Assisting with property damage claims
  • Dealing with multiple insurance companies simultaneously, if necessary

Can’t I Do That Myself?

You certainly could try to handle your claim by yourself, but we would not recommend it. For one thing, the average person may not be aware of all the different forms of compensation available, much less how to push back if an insurance company decides to try to shortchange them. When we represent you, we are ready to litigate on your behalf, building a strong case using all the available information and evidence, and fighting back when the insurance company does not want to pay the full value of your claim. Our priority is to get you back into your normal routine as quickly as possible. If you are navigating the details of a legal claim, that is the time you are not focusing on your recovery. We know that when you are injured, it is harder for you to advocate for yourself. We take on that burden so we can secure the maximum possible settlement for your claim while you work to regain your health and optimism about the future.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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