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When to Contact an Attorney

Bicycle Accident Attorney Serving Seattle, Spokane, and Kirkland Victims

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, this is probably a challenging time. Dealing with insurance companies is never easy. At-fault drivers may refuse to admit they caused the accident. You could be looking at piles of medical expenses. The best chance you have to set things straight and to seek the compensation you deserve is to work with a qualified legal professional.

When To Call A Personal Injury Attorney

Working with a lawyer from the beginning is your best option. There is a three-year statute of limitations in Washington for personal injury cases. After three years, you will no longer be able to pursue any form of compensation from the at-fault party. Also, you want to act quickly before relevant evidence is lost, misplaced or destroyed.

Trials and Settlements

Most claims can be settled out of court. The important thing in any settlement offer is to make sure that all pertinent costs have been taken into consideration. Did you know that you might be eligible for pain and suffering in addition to medical expenses, time away from work, and physical therapy costs? Knowing what to ask for and how to prove the relevance of the damages is crucial to receive maximum compensation.

Dealing with Insurance Companies

Often insurance companies refuse to make a payment, or they offer a settlement that is well below the actual value of the claim. Do not accept an insurance settlement without the advice of an attorney. Once you accept the offer, the claim is closed.

Insurance companies will do their best to make sure that the value of your claim is minimized. They often accomplish this by placing the blame squarely on the victim. A skilled and aggressive legal advocate working on your behalf will make sure that your best interests are protected, not those of the insurer.

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, please don’t wait. Call the Bernard Law Group. We are ready to put our decades of experience to work for you. We employ an accident reconstruction expert, in-house, as well as an insurance expert who knows the tactics adjusters routinely use. Call us today to find out how we can help.


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