Do I need a lawyer?
The law never requires someone to get a lawyer, and it is possible for
you to get lucky and end up with the same result that a lawyer could
have obtained for you. Without an experienced, personal injury lawyer,
you will never know if your settlement was fair or if a lawyer would
have been able to obtain a larger monetary recovery for you. An analogy
I like to use is when you seek medical attention: if you have a fever,
cough, temperature or other physical symptoms, you could go to the drug
store and find some medication that you hope will work, and try it. If
you are right, you will get better and will have saved the cost of going
to the doctor. If you are wrong, you may find that you have a much more
serious ailment that over the counter medication will never work on, and
the longer you delay going to the doctor, the greater the potential for
your ailment to get worse, over time.
A lawyer, in a personal injury case does not charge any money up front for an initial consultation. If after that free consultation you want to handle it on your own, you can. You may find that there was a lot more to your case then you realized and handling it the right way requires a lawyer with years of experience handling cases just like yours. Since most clients will never pay more than 1/3 of their settlement as attorney’s fees, I tell clients that as long as I am able to recover for them at least 1/3 more than they could get out of the insurance company on their own, then it is worth hiring a lawyer. And I usually go on to tell them that they are going to pay the same 1/3 attorney’s fee whether their lawyer is fresh out of law school, or an experienced lawyer with 20+ years as a personal injury trial attorney, so why not hire the more experienced lawyer? The fees are the same, but the results can be dramatically different, if you call and hire me.
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Do I need a lawyer?