First let me say that it is necessary to consult with an attorney immediately after seeking medical attention when you have suffered a personal injury. Medical care always comes first, then consult with an attorney.
If you are responsible for causing an injury to another, contact your insurer Immediately. If you are uninsured, contact an attorney Immediately.
If you have been injured, consult with an attorney prior to speaking with an insurance agent / adjuster. I am not suggesting that you hide anything from the insurer, but how you provide information is critical. Protecting yourself from someone who may be experienced at twisting your words or getting you to say something you don’t mean is critical.
An attorney can help you protect evidence and advise you how to properly document your injury and its impact on your life going forward. You need to consult with an attorney ASAP.
When should you hire an attorney after consultation? This depends on the extent of your injury. If you have broken bones or other structural damage, hire the attorney as soon as possible. If it is possible that you are just a little sore and may be 100% in a few weeks, the decision of when to hire an attorney should be addressed with the consultation. Again, the consultation needs to happen as soon as possible.
Remember, both your insurer and that of the party that injured you are trained and experienced at protecting the insurance company and paying out as little as possible, regardless of your injuries. You need to equal the playing field. An attorney experienced with injury claims can do just that. Bellenot & Boufford, LLC have the attorneys that can help you protect your rights and claim.