Many people feel as though they can save on legal fees by handling their personal injury cases on their own. Those people fail to realize that having a legal professional’s experience and resources on your side can save you money in the long run. In some situations, such as going to small claims court or fighting a speeding ticket, you may not need to seek out an attorney, but in many others, you should always have legal representation.
While every person’s case is different, as a rule of thumb, the level of your injury is an excellent way to determine if you should consult with a knowledgeable lawyer before processing your claim. Consultations are free, however, so you have nothing to lose by speaking with a lawyer about your case and the amount of work it will require.
The answer to this question is always “no.” Trying to handle your case on your own can be highly complex and add unnecessary stressors to an already tricky claim process. Understanding what’s at stake in your case and possible issues that might arise can help you determine if you should speak to an attorney who can handle your claim.
Our initial consultations are always free, which is why it is in your best interest to schedule a meeting with our legal time to best determine if you should hire an attorney.
The following are some situations in which you might consider handling your case yourself, but should instead set up a free legal consultation:
Even if you suspect you might handle your case independently or sustained seemingly minor injuries, you should consult with a legal professional before filing your claim. Most people are reluctant to hire an attorney because they fear they couldn’t afford one. Discover how a contingency fee agreement could be beneficial if you choose to hire an attorney.
There isn’t a simple answer when it comes to the question of hiring a lawyer. Evaluating several factors in your case could help you decide if you might benefit from some professional guidance. If you’re trying to avoid the additional expense, you could end up losing more money deciding to handle your case on your own. Especially if the party you are bringing your claim against decides to hire a lawyer to represent them.
Here are some reasons why you should consider hiring an attorney:
In your case, there are several factors that you are at risk of overlooking without the proper legal training. You may find yourself struggling to file certain documents on time or make an error that could cause a claim denial.
Avoiding legal headaches down the road starts with setting up a free, no-obligation consultation with a personal injury lawyer you trust. During your meeting, one of our attorneys can help you decide if your case requires legal representation.
It might be surprising, but the interests of your insurance company are directly at odds with yours. Their goal is to pay you as little as possible so they can make a profit. While you may feel as though your insurance company is on your side, a lawyer can often secure additional compensation in your claim that you couldn’t receive on your own—even through your insurance company.
If you fear a lawyer’s fees, in most personal injury cases, a lawyer takes cases on a contingency fee agreement. This pays your attorney a percentage of your settlement, which means you won’t have to cover any legal fees unless your case settles or prevails at trial.
Contact a personal injury attorney near you today for your free consultation to discuss how to get the best results in your case.