Should I Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer Or Handle It On My Own?
Updated: Nov 4, 2021
To understand what injury lawyers do, you need to have a good understanding of who they are and what their purpose is.
A personal injury lawyer is someone who provides legal advice and representation to clients who have sustained physical or psychological injury, as well as financial loss, after falling victim to the carelessness or negligence of an individual or organization.
A personal injury lawyer does work way beyond simply resolving cases and claims. For example, if you are injured, you may need to see a doctor about your injuries. Your personal injury lawyer takes on the role of an intermediary and this outside matter can be handled by your personal injury lawyer.
Should I handle my case?
If you ask about whether you can handle your own injury case, the answer is yes. However, it wouldn't be the ideal solution if you lack information on how personal injury cases are resolved. It may not be a good idea if you do not know the value of certain types of injuries such as a back injury, leg injury, shoulder injury or neck injury. If you decide to take on your own case, it would be beneficial to consider the following:
Minor injuries (or no damage)
Suppose you were in an accident and ended up getting minor injuries. In such a scenario, you can handle your own case and collect insurance proceeds for these injuries.
Living in a no-fault state
If you live in a "no-fault" car insurance state, you'll likely make a claim with your own insurance company after a car accident and there will be no need for a legal representation. However, if the injury is serious or you think your claim might qualify you to step outside of the no-fault system, it might make sense to discuss your options with a legal professional.
Receiving maximum amount
When negotiating an insurance claim, it is important to know how courts in your parish or city would value specific personal injuries such as a traumatic brain injury, a foot injury, a neck injury, or a shoulder injury. An experienced personal injury lawyer has the experience to help clients value these injuries and obtain the maximum recovery possible.
Confidence and thorough research of the law
If you think you can represent yourself in court confidently with the basic understanding of the law and the circumstances of your case, you can give it a shot. However, simple confidence is usually never enough. You need to conduct thorough research about the laws that encompass your case, or hire experts and specialists to assist with your case. Personal injury lawyers usually have a team of experts and specialists that they work with when they handle serious personal injury cases.
Should I hire a personal injury lawyer?
If you ask for a simple and logical answer, it would be yes. The amount of experience and legal knowledge an attorney has can make all the difference in the way your case is handled.
Fight on your behalf
If you are making a claim against an insurance company, you might want to consider hiring an injury lawyer. Why? Because an experienced personal injury lawyer is going to come prepared with a team of lawyers to work on your claim, whereas the typical personal injury client has insufficient knowledge of the legal system and the process of valuing personal injury damages. These factors background may affect the outcome of the case in a negative way.
Benefits of a personal injury lawyer
As far as any injury is concerned, a personal injury lawyer will use his/her expertise and professionalism to file a claim on your behalf and take care of receiving the compensation you deserve.
Negotiation and mediation
Personal injury lawyers are usually known for negotiating on their clients' behalf. They know how to bargain and utilize many different techniques to persuade and draw a better compensation for the damage caused. An experienced personal injury is also experienced with using mediation as a means of settling personal injury cases.
Mediation is an informal process used where a third person called the mediator works with the injured person and the insurance company to settle the case. In a mediation, the injured client and their lawyer, along with the lawyer and insurance adjuster for the insurance company, are present with the mediator. The vast majority of mediations result in settlement. And the personal injury plaintiff will usually receive a check within thirty days of the mediation.
At the Law Office of Gaynell Williams, L.L.C., we have the experience you need to fight for the compensation you deserve for not only the costs you’ve incurred, but for the pain and suffering you and your family may have suffered as a result of the negligence of someone else such as a driver of a motor vehicle.
We will search for every possible source of financial restitution, be it through insurance settlements, personal injury claims, arbitration, mediation, or litigation. Our goal is to work with you so that receive compensation for the pain and suffering and financial costs you have been burdened with after a serious accident so that you can focus on what is most important – healing and getting on with the rest of your life.
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This information has been provided for informational purposes only and is not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. Please consult your attorney in connection with any specific situation under Louisiana law and the applicable state or local laws that may impose additional obligations on you.