Car accidents can result in significant losses. If you are injured in one, you will very likely incur medical expenses, lose income, require repairs to your car, and may experience significant physical and emotional pain and suffering. Fortunately, New Mexico law allows people who are injured by the negligence of others to recover compensation for these and other losses they may experience.
If you have been hurt in an accident, you may be wondering whether or not you need to hire an attorney. Accident victims should always speak to an attorney as soon as possible after an incident. While there is no rule or law requiring you to retain a lawyer, doing so can protect your rights and ensure that you receive the full value of your legal claim. Some of the ways in which an attorney can help you include the following:
- Review your accident and determine whether you have a claim
- Negotiate a settlement with the insurance company
- Make sure that you do not do or say anything that could hurt your chances to recover
- Investigate your case and gather evidence indicating that the other party was negligent.
- File a lawsuit and represent you in court
It is important to keep in mind that there is no risk associated with speaking with an attorney about your case. At the Khayoumi Law Firm, we take all of our cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that you will not pay anything for legal representation unless we recover compensation on your behalf.
Do Not Accept the First Offer made by the Insurance Company Before Speaking with an Attorney
If you have been in a car wreck, it is possible that an insurance company has already contacted you with a settlement offer. It is critical to understand that accepting a settlement from the insurance company means that you cannot sue at a later date for your losses. Additionally, it is next to impossible to know what your case is worth unless you have had significant experience negotiating and litigating personal injury cases. For this reason, insurance companies regularly offer car accident victims who are not represented by an attorney settlement offers that are significantly less that what their cases are actually worth.
When you retain an attorney, he or she will aggressively represent your rights and communicate with the insurance company on your behalf. In addition, should the insurance company refuse to make a reasonable settlement offer, your lawyer will file a lawsuit on your behalf and take your case to trial to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
Contact an Albuquerque Car Accident Lawyer Today to Discuss Your Case
If you have been hurt in a car accident in the Albuquerque area, you should contact an attorney immediately. To learn how we can help you obtain compensation, call the Khayoumi Law Firm today at 505-333-8613.