Should I hire an attorney if I've been in a car accident?

You may or may not need a personal injury attorney in the event of a car accident. If you are not hurt, or if the accident was your fault, an attorney will not be able to pursue a personal injury claim for you. 

If the wreck was caused by someone else, and you were sore afterwards, but fully heal within a week with no substantial loss of time from work, an attorney will probably not increase the value of your case to the extent necessary to justify an attorney's fee.

If the wreck was caused by someone else, and you are admitted into the hospital, missed substantial time from work, suffered broken bones, or have the type of injury that is never going to heal completely, a personal injury attorney can help you make sure you obtain all available benefits, including potential future benefits, which need to be addressed now or be forever waived.

This is a difficult question to answer in a yes or no format because all cases are different.

Some cases are going to be major cases from day one.  You may think other cases are minor, but when healing doesn't take place like expected, unexpected injuries are discovered and will need treatment that was not anticipated.

In every case, there are insurance adjusters who have supervisors and attorneys advising them of the law and how to maximize the profit for the company.  Unless you have legal knowledge and experience with insurance claims, you could be at a disadvantage without an attorney.

To determine whether you may or may not need a Personal Injury Lawyer, contact The Derrick Law Firm at 843-248-7486 for your FREE consultation.

Myrtle Beach SC Personal Injury Attorney Dirk Derrick has over 29 years of experience in personal injury law including auto accidents, tractor trailer truck accidents, workers' compensation, slip and fall accidents, wrongful death, motorcycle accidents, and other insurance claims.

The Derrick Law Firm was also voted Best Attorney in Myrtle Beach by the readers of the Myrtle Beach Herald (2016-2017) and  Best Attorney in Conway by the Horry Independent (2014-2017). 

Office locations include Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Conway, Charleston, North Charleston, and Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.