With all of the lawyer TV commercials and internet advertising, people who have been hurt in an accident can feel a lot of pressure to hire a lawyer right away. But you really don't have to do that - you can take your time and make the best decision for you and your family.
And a lot of this will depend on how serious your injuries are.
If you had a fender bender and don't have a serious injury, you might be fine with a TV law firm. Who cares if they never call you back, they change your lawyer 3 or 4 times (if you even meet with a lawyer) or if they send you to one of their doctors? You're really better off just handling a small case yourself, but it's up to you.
What about an accident that puts you in the hospital, where you need surgery and can't go back to work? Where you really need to investigate all of the insurance coverage and issues like the best place to file your case?
These are critical decisions in your case - and they can have a serious financial impact - so you need a lawyer you can trust, one who will be straight with you, tell you what to expect, and communicate with you.
Sometimes it takes time to find the right lawyer. You shouldn't be pressured into a decision you will later regret. And you should be able to focus on your health - your medical treatment, testing, rehab, specialists.
We developed a great checklist for you when you're thinking about hiring a lawyer for your accident case - the questions you should be asking and what to look for in a lawyer (plus what to run away from!). Most of the people we help are busy getting better right after the accident, when they first talk to us, we tell them we want them to make the best choice - so we give them the best information available on serious injuries and accident cases in the DMV.
But we know we're not for everyone. Thankfully, most accidents in the DC area don't cause serious injuries or death, so a lot of people don't need our level of commitment and service - and that's exactly what we tell them.
We have a very specialized, focused law firm - a serious injury practice - and we do things differently. For the people who need us most, people with significant permanent injuries that have changed their lives, that makes a big difference.
Interested in learning more about what to do after an accident in DC, Maryland or Virginia? Not sure if you even need a lawyer? Want to find out how to work with us and how we're different? Just call (202) 393 - 3320 and we'll talk it through (confidentially, of course) and get you all the info you need to make the best decision for you and your family.
Or you can just call a number on a TV commercial and see what kind of service you get...and we know what that's like because we hear so many complaints from people who did that, and found us a little too late.