Should I Represent Myself in a Personal Injury Case?
If you’ve suffered injury due to someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior, you may wonder if you really need a personal injury lawyer to handle your case. You may believe that the situation is very simple and that the other party is clearly at fault. So if that’s the case, why would you need someone to represent your case? Read on for a few things to consider before you decide to act as your own representative.
You’ll Probably Get Less Compensation
Insurance companies do everything they can to avoid paying out. That means that when it comes to your settlement, they may offer you only a fraction of what you are actually entitled to. You may be tempted to accept it, thinking that anything is better than nothing — but accepting the insurance company’s offer could result in you having to pay medical bills and other expenses out of pocket. You also never know what health problems could show up in the future as a result of your injury, so if you accept a lower settlement, the treatments you’ll need for those won’t be covered.
On the other hand, when you have an experienced personal injury lawyer representing you, it’s far more likely that you’ll receive all the compensation you deserve — and maybe even more. Your attorney will make sure that all the bases have been covered and all your bills are accounted for, and they may even be able to obtain reimbursement for pain and suffering — something you’re not likely to get on your own.
Attorneys Have the Experience You Need
A personal injury lawyer with a strong track record of success has probably seen just about every trick the insurance company has up its sleeve. They can find expert witnesses to support your case, help you negotiate a fair settlement without going to trial, and challenge evidence in ways that help your case.
If you feel that your case is very simple and you are happy with the settlement you are offered, then you may consider representing yourself for your case. However, if you want to seek the maximum compensation possible and you want an advocate who understands personal injury law and won’t let an insurance company pull the wool over your eyes, it’s probably best to work with a personal injury lawyer.
Contact us today to set up a free consultation about your case.