Many people who have been involved in an accident wonder whether they need an attorney to handle the settlement of their claim. In order to answer that question, the first thing that needs to be determined is how the accident happened. Who was at fault for the collision? Sometimes that is not easily determined, other times it is clear. If the accident was your fault, or partially your fault, contact your insurance company immediately and the assigned adjuster will handle the portion of the claim that is determined to be your responsibility.
If necessary a defense attorney will be assigned to the case without charge to you. That attorney will not handle any claim for your injuries, however. If the accident was partially your fault, or not your fault at all, but you suffered no injuries, most likely you do not need an attorney. (There are exceptions to this rule.) However, in any accident not your fault or only partially your fault, and you suffered injuries from the accident, you should consult one or more attorneys to review your case. Normally the consultation is free. Most attorneys will let you know if they believe your situation requires legal counsel, or if it is something that can be handled on your own. A review of your accident case at the Inland Empire Law Group will give you a good idea if you need a lawyer for your case. If your case requires legal representation, and we believe we can help, we will accept your case and help you secure a proper resolution.