When you get into a serious car accident, there are often consequences far beyond the initial event. You may be unable to work, have medical bills piling up, and have trouble working with the insurance company to get the money you need. This is an ideal time to hire a Brooklyn car accident attorney. If you’ve never worked with a lawyer before, and you’re not sure whether you really need one, here are three things you should know about car accident lawyers.
Your attorney represents you, not the insurance company
Many people believe that when they get in an accident, if they have insurance (or if the other driver at fault has insurance), there is no need to hire a car accident attorney in Brooklyn. What they do not realize is that the insurance company is working hard to keep their own costs down—after all, they are a business. They want to minimize costs in order to remain profitable. Even if it’s your own insurance company, they will try to close your case quickly and pay as little as possible. When you hire an attorney, that person works only for you, and his/her job is to get you the maximum amount you are entitled to following an accident.
Hiring an attorney doesn’t make you one of ‘those people’
Sometimes people avoid calling an attorney after an accident because they don’t want to be perceived as the kind of person who sues people for no reason. In most cases, a Brooklyn car accident attorney will not need to sue anyone. They can settle the case without a lawsuit by successfully negotiating with the insurance company. Even if you do have to file a lawsuit because the insurance company is unwilling to negotiate, most of the time the case can be settled out of court.
Hiring an attorney doesn’t have to be expensive
If you have not hired an attorney because you are worried about the cost, keep in mind that most of the time you can get a free initial consultation before you have to decide whether you want to hire an attorney. In addition, many Brooklyn car accident lawyers will not require you to pay unless you are able to get a successful result in your case. An experienced Brooklyn car accident attorney at Hecht & Hecht, LLP can provide a free consultation to injury victims and surviving family members of those killed in auto accidents in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, or anywhere in New York City. Call Hecht & Hecht, LLP at (212) 226-2400 today to schedule your free consultation.