There are a lot of do-it-yourselfers out there. And I respect them. It takes courage and motivation to do your own plumbing, landscaping, and oil changes. But I don’t recommend handling your personal injury claim by yourself. It’s tempting, when you think your situation is straightforward and simple, to represent yourself and avoid hiring a lawyer. While you might be smart and capable, the reality is that we lawyers have special training in matters related to law.
Before you decide to handle your legal situation on your own, consider these 5 benefits of having a lawyer on your side:
1. Insurance Companies Won’t Treat You Fairly Without a Lawyer
The truth of the matter is: most of the time, insurance companies won’t treat you the same way they would treat an attorney. Insurance companies know that you probably don’t know the value of your case, compared to other cases out there. They also know that the only real threat you have is a lawsuit. And that is not much of a threat if you don’t have a lawyer. I have seen the situation over and over again where an insurance company will offer to pay an accident victim $500 or $1000 to go away, when in reality, the case is worth tens of thousands. Most of the time, if you don’t have an attorney on your side, you are not getting the fair value for your case.
2. Get a Realistic Idea of What to Expect
Lawyers can provide you with a realistic idea of where you stand, and the likely outcome of your case. We can “give it to you straight.” Many times, my clients underestimate their case. I can help them realize the value of their claim. Other times, some of my clients are a bit too ambitious in their estimation of their case. I help them with dose of reality and tell them how an impartial jury will see their case.
3. Guidance Through the Process
A lawyer will guide you through the process, providing you with insight into what you can do to get the best result. Without knowledge of the legal system, you probably don’t know how to build a case. We can help you avoid the pitfalls.
4. Knowledge of the Law
Years of law school and on-the-job experience prepare lawyers to represent clients. We have knowledge of the law, your rights, and of the way courts and insurance companies look at cases. We know the ins and outs of the legal system, and have knowledge of case law that can benefit you. Choose a lawyer that specializes in your particular problem area, and you receive the benefit of an expert. There’s no way to duplicate that expert knowledge on your own in a short period of time.
5. Takes the Case Out of Your Hands
The time it takes to research the law and assemble a case can be overwhelming. Not only do we have knowledge and training, but we also has a team of support staff. From reading former cases, to making sure all the proper paperwork is filed, to preparing arguments, we have the help of competent team of people moving our clients’ cases forward. Hiring a lawyer takes the case out of your hands, leaving you free to work on your own issues. Plus, hiring a lawyer also means that you basically have an entire team backing you up.
We have years of training, knowledge, and experience. With the complexity of our legal system, it can be difficult for an “outsider” to know how to navigate the process. A lawyer is equipped to deal with the intricacies of the system, as well as help you put your best foot forward.