When should I hire an attorney?
As soon as possible. I can’t tell you how many clients have come to me after attempting to make their claims on their own and there was simply nothing I could do for them because they waited too long without understanding the process. Evidence may need to be preserved. Investigators may need to take statements from witnesses and photographs of evidence that can disappear with time. One example that comes to mind is a case I litigated involving a head on collision. One of my clients was a 10 year old boy that suffered intestinal perforations. A key piece of evidence ended up being the edge of a roadway that was paved over two months after the accident. Fortunately we were able to preserve the evidence before this happened, but potential clients frequently come to me too late after trying to resolve the case on their own.
The bottom line is that you need a trained professional from the beginning to advise the client on the pitfalls that can take away any ability to recover.
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