In recent years, you may have heard of friends using dashcams in their cars or even seen videos floating around the internet of dashcam footage from a harrowing auto accident. Because of this, you may be wondering whether you should get one for yourself or even ask, “Why is a dashcam important?”
Feb. 19, 2021
How Our Firm Can Help You After a Car Accident
A Q&A With Daniel T. Pagliarini Attorney at Law:
Many clients want to know exactly what will happen when they hire an attorney after they sustain injuries in a car accident. At Daniel T. Pagliarini Attorney at Law, we’ve cut out some time to answer your most frequently asked questions about hiring a lawyer after a crash.
Keep reading to learn more about the process.
Q: Do I Need a Lawyer?
A: If you’ve suffered serious injuries or losses in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, it’s a good idea to contact an attorney. You will want a lawyer if you want to pursue a bodily injury claim whether or not you need to file a personal injury lawsuit. While you always have the legal right to represent yourself in court, you will face many obstacles without an attorney – including the costs of litigation.
At our firm, we cover everything upfront, and you pay us nothing unless we win.
Q: When Should I Call an Attorney?
A: Generally speaking, the best time to call a car accident lawyer is after you call the police and before you call your insurance company. Attorneys like Daniel T. Pagliarini can help you deal with insurance companies, and the sooner you call us, the sooner we can investigate the accident and start protecting your best interests.
You can also call us from a hospital bed, but keep in mind that we cannot resolve a bodily injury claim until you have reached Maximum Medical Improvement (“MMI”) as determined by your doctor(s). At that time we will have a better understanding of the true nature of your injuries and what if any future medical care is recommended.
If you want to preserve your bodily injury claim from a motor vehicle accident, you or your attorney must file your lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires. In Hawaii, the statute of limitations for car accident claims is two (2) years from the date of accident, or from the last medical payment made by the auto insurer.
Q: What Happens First?
A: With Daniel T Pagliarini Attorney at Law, the first step is a free, no-obligation consultation. During this time, we can evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your case, and you can decide whether or not you’d like to hire us. After you meet with our legal team, we’re sure you’ll feel much better about your legal options – and about choosing our firm!
Q: What Information Does My Attorney Need?
This is a great question! Bringing the right information can help you make the most of your attorney’s time – even during a free consultation. Before filing a claim against the at-fault party and their insurance company, your attorney will gather all the relevant information about your case.
If you can, provide your attorney with:
The other driver’s name, insurance company, and contact information.
Any information you have about the accident (time, location, road conditions, etc.)
Any photos you took at the scene of the accident (of your vehicle, the other driver’s vehicle, property damage, etc.)
A copy of the police report.
Copies of your medical bills.
Records of all accident-related expenses (receipts for tow-trucks, transportation to and from doctor’s appointments, etc.)
Feel free to bring in anything you believe paints a better picture of your accident. In some cases, even the clothes you were wearing at the time of your car crash can be used as evidence. Always err on the side of giving your lawyer too much information, as the tiniest details can make or break cases.
Q: Do I Have to Go to Court?
A: Not necessarily. Most personal injury lawsuits settle out of court, so you may not have to step foot in a courtroom at all. Nevertheless, our firm will take your case to arbitration or trial if that’s what it takes to get you the compensation you deserve.
Q: How Long Will My Case Take?
The length of your case will depend on a number of factors, but especially on the time it takes for your to recover from your injuries. From there we will handle all communications with your insurance comp[any as well as the at fault insurer. This prevents any miscommunications that could irreparably damage your claim. After your medical provider determines that you have reached Maximum Medical Improvement we will gather all of your medical records and bills and prepare a detailed medical chronology of your treatment and recovery and incorporate that into a Settlement Demand Packet.
In our Settlement Demand, we will ask the at-fault insurance company for money damages, or compensation for your injuries and losses. From there, with your expressed authorization, we will engage in settlement negotiations with the at fault insurer until we can get you a settlement that you’re content with.
If the at fault insurer refuses to negotiate or we cannot come to a settlement agreement, we will file a lawsuit and enter into discovery – a period of exchanging information. Sometimes, defendants choose to settle when they feel like the risk of a trial is too great. Other times, we move forward and fight for you in the courtroom.
Rest assured, when you choose Daniel T. Pagliarini Attorney at Law, we prepare to take your case to trial from day one.
Q: What Do I Get Out of All of This?
Whether your case ends in a settlement or verdict, you won’t owe us any money unless you receive damages. In a successful car accident lawsuit, damages can include compensation for:
Past and Future Medical expenses
Loss of Earning Capacity
Pain and suffering
A good lawyer will fight for every cent you deserve and work hard to help you secure your future. In addition to recovering all the resources you need to move forward, you may gain a sense of justice, knowing that the person or party that caused your accident is responsible for the consequences.
Q: When Can I Get Started?
If you’re thinking about filing a bodily injury claim or a car accident lawsuit, there’s no better time than now.
Call us today or send us a message online, and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.
We look forward to answering all your case-specific questions and serving you throughout the legal process.
Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic and emotionally overwhelming experience. However, it is important to remember that there are certain steps you must take to protect your health
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