Chapter 5 – Do I Need a Lawyer?

Do I need a Lawyer after a Trucking Accident in OhioOhio law does not require you to hire a lawyer to pursue your personal injury claim. But that does not mean it is wise to proceed without one. Even the simplest case has its difficulties and challenges.

Within days, you may be contacted by insurance company representatives to obtain information regarding the crash and your injuries. Insurance representatives may even attempt to discuss settlement at that time – before you have a good grasp of what your medical condition is. To fully protect your rights, you should speak with an attorney before discussing the crash or your injuries with insurance representatives.

Insurance companies know how to defeat and minimize claims. They will work to protect their interests from the start, and it is generally a good idea to have a lawyer protecting your interests as well. Of course, the more serious your injuries are, the more important it is to have legal representation.

Other complicating factors may exist. For example, your health insurance providers may allege a “lien” against your injury claim, demanding the right to be repaid out of your claim for crash-related expenditures the insurers made on your behalf. Lien holders must meet certain legal requirements to prove their liens. And even assuming they do, you may have a right to a reduction of the lien amount. In other words, measures can be taken to protect your claim-related funds from third parties. Again, a competent injury attorney can help you navigate these issues.

Dealing with the aftermath of a trucking accident can be very stressful. On top of the emotional turmoil, physical pain, and disruption in your life, you have to deal with your property damage, medical treatment, the insurance companies, lien holders, legal issues, and a host of other matters.

A truck accident injury lawyer can help alleviate these burdens, so you can focus on what is most important – your recovery and getting back to living your life. A lawyer can also help level the playing field as you contend with well-financed insurance companies seeking to minimize your claim.

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