When you or a loved one are in a car accident, contacting a lawyer is not the first thing on your mind. But should it be? How aggressive do you need to be in reaching out to an attorney after a car crash injury? When is the right time to call?
At the Scene of the Accident?
In many cases, it’s not necessary to call a lawyer to the scene of an accident, although it is helpful. Being at the accident scene can provide an attorney clarity about what happened. This gives them the ability to better represent you in settlement negotiations. The most important thing to do at the scene of a car accident is call the police and get medical help.
At the Hospital?
Few people consider calling a car accident lawyer while in the hospital, although accident attorneys often meet with clients in the hospital and have no problem doing so. While you focus on healing, contacting a lawyer during this time can help get the ball rolling in your case. Your lawyer can gain important information about your injuries that may not be as recognized through documents alone.
Months or Years After the Accident?
Like other states, Indiana has a statute of limitations on personal injury cases. If you do not bring your claim forward within two years of the date of the accident, you lose your right to bring a claim forward for compensation at all. It is never wise to wait months or years after the accident to reach out to a lawyer. Time is of the essence, and months after an accident, evidence can be lost, people can have difficulty recalling details about the events leading up to the crash, and more.
While you don’t necessarily have to be seen by an attorney at the scene or at the hospital, it’s important to reach out for legal assistance soon after the accident.
Contact the Sarkisian Law Offices Today
At the Sarkisian Law Offices, we have the skills and resources to assist you in getting the highest settlement award possible after a car accident. Contact us for a consultation to discuss the details of your case by calling (219) 942-7171 or (219) 477-3998.