How Soon Should I Call a Lawyer After an Accident?

The simplest answer to that question is as soon as possible. If you are in an accident, my advice is to call us as soon as you are released from the hospital. If you are going to be in the hospital for an extended period, have a family member call for you.


Evidence Disappears

I tell my young lawyers in the office all the time that evidence doesn’t get better, it disappears. The sooner we investigate your case, the less likely it is that this will happen.


We recently had a woman come to us who had been paralyzed in a car accident. She first contacted another law firm and they didn’t really do much. When she called us I asked her where her car was and she said she didn’t know. We found out later that the car was just two days from being permanently destroyed when we found and purchased it. Had we not gotten that vehicle, our client would have no proof of how she was paralyzed in that car accident.


Getting Involved in the Investigation

Coal mining accidents, railroad accidents, airplane and helicopter accidents, and many more will involve investigations by the federal government. It’s important that your lawyer be a part of that investigation as much as he or she is allowed to be.

Evidence is being collected and you want to be sure your lawyer is in the loop so they can figure out how you got hurt and preserve that critical evidence.


I encourage people to call as soon as they can to at least let us figure out if we can help them. Never think that your question isn’t worthy of a free phone call. Our advice is free. And I spend most of my day on the phone with folks talking to them about whether or not they have a case. Sometimes I’m not the right lawyer and I’ll send them someone else. But you have to make that first phone call so we can make that decision together.


Call me with your questions, big and small, at 855-344-9100.