You may be wondering if you can go it alone after a car accident. Sometimes people try; oftentimes because many insurance companies seem so cooperative and helpful at the beginning of a claim. But when the medical bills pile up, and the insurance company starts to give people the runaround, these injury victims call me. Unfortunately, they are victims again because their cases are often seriously undermined and damaged at that point. So why do you need a lawyer to help you with a car accident injury claim; and why do you need a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident?

A personal injury lawyer will deal with the insurance companies so you can concentrate on getting examinations and treatment, and the rest of your busy life back on track. The attorney will gather the evidence, such as medical bills and records, pictures, police reports, etc., that you need for your claim and eventual settlement demand. If you don’t have a lawyer, the insurance companies, and their investigators, will try to get statements from you about the facts of the accident and your injuries. Unfortunately, the insurance companies are only seeking this information to protect themselves. You should not give statements without a lawyer present either in person or on conference call. Once you are represented by a personal injury attorney, you can simply give the lawyer’s contact information to any insurance company representatives who may contact you.

A personal injury lawyer will be able to help you get the medical examinations and treatment you need, even if you do not have health insurance, or cannot afford the high health insurance deductibles and copays. The personal injury attorney can work out liens with health care providers, such as emergency rooms and chiropractors, so that you do not have to pay the bills until your case settles.

Too often, when people hire me several months after the accident, I find their cases have suffered unnecessary damage. Statements have been given to insurance companies that limit their injury claim or affect liability. The clients have not received the medical care they deserve and need because they thought it was unaffordable. This can be avoided by timely contact with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident. Moreover, we do not charge any fees until the case settles. We know the personal injury claim process, we know how to manage and ultimately negotiate these cases to maximum settlement value. And the experienced personal injury lawyer knows when and how to bring these cases to trial when necessary.

Don’t deal with this stressful event alone. Don’t let the insurance companies get the best of you.

Mr. Chakmakis can be reached by phone at 310-550-1555 extension #1, or for more information visit Chakmakis & Associates is located in the heart of Beverly Hills at 301 North Canon Drive, Suite 315, Beverly Hills, 90210.