Whenever a person sustains injuries due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, it is not uncommon for him or her to wonder if a lawyer will be necessary to handle the case. The answer to that question is maybe yes…or maybe no. Whether you need an attorney for your case will depend on the specific facts involved.
Hiring an Attorney is a Must in Certain Instances
There are many reasons why you should consider retaining the services of a skilled attorney, even if your main mission is to settle your case. For example, if you do, in fact, receive a settlement offer from the other party’s insurance company, your personal injury attorney can look closely at the offer and evaluate it to ensure you are receiving a fair settlement.
You should know that, even though you are the injured victim, the insurance company’s primary goal is to pay you the least amount possible. For those in tight financial situations, it may be tempting to take the first offer that yields several thousand dollars.
However, it is important for you to know the value of your case before you make a rash decision. An attorney can counsel you with respect to how much you might be able to obtain in your case based on your specific facts — then you’ll know whether or not $100,000 is fair or just a lowball offer from the insurance company.
Another reason why hiring an attorney is necessary in certain cases is because there is often a great deal of work to be done in the case before a victim will be in a position to receive a fair and reasonable offer. Many cases call for more than the mere collection of medical bills. You may need to obtain more reports from physicians who can attest to the nature of your injuries and the amount of future medical care that will be needed. Your attorney may also find that an economist is needed to provide an assessment with respect to the amount of real damages incurred.
Having an advocate on your side can also help ensure that all deadlines and legal requirements are met and followed. Individuals who attempt to handle their own cases without legal guidance may actually do themselves more harm than good.
Besides the possibility of not being familiar with the legal timing requirements and missing crucial deadlines, a person who is not knowledgeable in personal injury law may not fully understand or appreciate their rights — or even worse, he or she may say something to an insurance adjuster that should not be said.
No Need to Go it Alone — Let Our Firm Help!
There are many people who believe they can save some money by simply advocating on their own behalf and taking on the insurance company by themselves. While it is true that you (and your doctor) know the most about your injuries and the pain and suffering you’ve experienced, most attorneys will tell you that those who deal with insurance companies on their own typically end up harming their cases.
Given what’s at stake for you and your family, we encourage injured victims to at least speak with legal counsel before making a final determination as to whether or not an attorney is needed for the case. Most lawyers offer free initial consultations, so it would be worth it to ensure that you are doing what’s best for your case — and you. Contact Tijerina Legal Group today for a free consultation.