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I Was In A Car Accident: Do I Need A Lawyer?


Were you just in a car accident? It’s hard to know when it’s appropriate to call a lawyer after you’ve been in a wreck, but here at Spencer Calahan Injury Lawyers, your Baton Rouge auto injury attorney, we’re here to help you make that decision. Generally speaking, it’s dependent on the automobile accident, what happened, and who was injured. As a rule of thumb, if you weren’t injured you probably don’t need a lawyer. However, if you or someone in your vehicle was injured, time was lost from work due to these injuries, or if you weren’t able to attend school or perform household duties, it’s time to give us a call.

Should you run or walk to the attorney?

When to run:

  • There was a serious injury that may cause permanent damage / hospitalization
  • There was a death that resulted from the accident
  • There’s clearly an issue of fault
  • There were other parties involved like pedestrians or automobiles
  • The accident occurred in a construction area
  • A police report was filed but it is not accurate and puts you at fault
  • Your insurance company is acting weird

When to walk:

  • When you need advice on the settlement value of a claim
  • If you’re not sure if other insurance may be available for you
  • Fault may be an issue
  • To determine whether your insurer is acting in bad faith
  • You’re looking for advice on how to handle negotiations with an insurer
  • You’re not sure of your rights
  • The terms of your policy are confusing
  • You need help from an expert to review important paperwork and forms