It is understandable in this economy that representing yourself in a personal injury case may seem like a way to save money. However, an experienced personal injury lawyer will know how to handle the defense’s legal counsel, insurance companies, and will be able to navigate those laws much better than someone who is not educated in such areas. Those who handle personal injury cases, on either side are usually aware that someone who is representing themselves is not experienced and can often use that against you.
Usually, being able to afford a personal injury attorney is not as difficult as people may imagine it to be. If you have been injured in an accident, more than likely you can afford appropriate legal counsel and in many cases, attorneys work on contingent fees. The benefit of this is two fold- one, it does enable those injured to afford the legal counsel they need, but also there’s a level of accountability there that will put your mind at ease. When an attorney does work on a contingency fee basis, this means that they do not collect if you are not successful in your case.
When lawsuits do involve auto accidents, that contingency fee basis may mean the difference between being able to get the settlement you need and not. When your claim is viable, having an attorney working for you to ensure that your rights are protected is very important. You won’t be just dealing with the other person involved in an accident, but their lawyers and their insurance companies- as well as that insurance company’s lawyers, as well. They will have people looking out for them, and you need to have someone who has your best interests, and your rights in mind fighting for you.
Because injuries in these cases are not always short term, but rather injuries that can cause long term pain and suffering or even disabilities, it’s important to have lawyer involvement right away. Your injuries will need to be appropriately addressed, and from the start, from that initial consultation with an attorney you can begin to put your mind at rest with these matters. Experience with this area of law is just as important as education and finding someone who will help you to be sure you’ve had everything assessed that needs to be, treated and documented will help to ensure a fair settlement.