Accidents happen to everyone, but sometimes accidents are the direct result of someone else’s negligence. If you’ve recently been hurt, you probably have a lot of thoughts going through your head, like — “How am I going to pay for my medical bills?”, “What am I going to do if I can’t work?” and “My car is totaled, how am I going to afford another one?” Even if you have insurance, it can take time to process the claim and receive your money, and in some instances, the insurance company may even deny your claim. 

Make sure your rights are protected and get the money you deserve. In today’s post from the Law Office of Olga A. Koplik in Sacramento, we want to discuss four instances where you should reach out to an injury attorney. Keep reading and then contact us if you need help.

Auto Accidents

Auto accidents happen every day. Some are minor fender-benders, while others are much more serious. If you’ve recently been involved in a car accident, you might wonder if you’re entitled to compensation. Unfortunately, that can be a difficult question to answer without gathering information and looking at all of the details. 

If you want to know if you have a case, the first step is to reach out to an injury lawyer. They can discuss the details of the accident with you and provide legal advice on how or if to proceed. Auto accidents can get particularly complicated when several people are involved, there are multiple injuries, or if the accident resulted in death. And, you don’t have to be involved in a multiple-car pile up to have a reason to call a lawyer. Even minor accidents can create big problems if an insurance company refuses to pay, liability is not clear, or you sustain any kind of head, neck, or back injury.

Slip and Fall Accidents

It’s unfortunate that everyone will likely experience some kind of slip and fall accident during their lifetime. While the majority of these accidents are minor, sometimes they can cause serious injury and are the direct result of someone else’s negligence. If you’ve had a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, consider reaching out to an injury lawyer right away. 

Some examples of when a property owner could be deemed negligent are when there is insufficient lighting to illuminate a walking path or when there is a hazardous obstacle in the way and there is no warning signage. When people experience a slip and fall accident they are often tempted to just get up and keep on going, hoping that no one saw them. However, this is the wrong thing to do, especially if you’ve been hurt. The circumstances surrounding each slip and fall case will vary and it’s important that you document as much information as possible to share with your lawyer.

Severe or Long-Term Injuries

If you’ve sustained injuries that are long-term or permanently disabling, it’s extremely important that you contact an injury attorney. These types of serious injuries are life-changing and are likely to cost you a lot of money in medical expenses. The initial hospitalization and surgery can cost tens of thousands of dollars and it likely won’t end there. Many severe injuries require ongoing rehabilitation, and you may need physical therapy, chiropractic work, cosmetic surgery, and the list goes on. 

A permanent disability may also prevent you from being able to go back to work. Even if you have long-term disability insurance, it usually only pays a fraction of what you actually earned. An injury lawyer can help you determine if you may be eligible to receive more of your lost wages.  

Insurance Refuses To Pay

Sometimes the most frustrating thing about getting injured is dealing with insurance companies. It’s bad enough that you’re hurt, but when an insurance company refuses to pay for all of your expenses, it just adds insult to injury. Don’t just take what they want to give you or try to negotiate with them yourself, you need an experienced injury lawyer on your side to help you navigate the complex California personal injury laws and fight for what is owed to you. 

Why Hire an Injury Attorney?

Getting hurt in an accident can be devastating, and it only makes things worse if the accident wasn’t your fault. When you’re dealing with pain and trying to recover, you just want to get better. But oftentimes, there’s a long road ahead. Perhaps your injury caused you to miss a significant amount of work time. If your injury is bad enough, maybe you won’t be able to return to your job at all. This is just one example of what can happen, but there are several other possible consequences including damage to property, significant and on-going medical expenses, and emotional distress.    

Although you may hesitate to contact an injury lawyer thinking that you don’t want to have to deal with one more thing — it can actually be one of the best decisions you make during this difficult and trying time. An injury lawyer can help you gather the documents you need to build your case. They can help answer any legal questions you may have and give you peace of mind knowing that you have someone in your corner to advocate for you. While money can’t make your injuries go away, getting a settlement can help with your suffering and alleviate some of your worry about how you’ll pay for expenses.

Contact The Law Office of Olga A. Koplik

If you’re looking for an experienced and professional injury lawyer in the Sacramento or Placer County area, contact the Law Office of Olga A. Koplik. Our team is dedicated to helping you learn more about your rights and legal options and ensuring that you receive the best possible outcome for your case. We’ll review the details and circumstances surrounding your injury, and answer any questions you may have. You may find that you’re entitled to much more than the insurance company is offering to give you, but we can help you get what you deserve. Give us a call today or contact us online to schedule a consultation.