There are situations where you can handle your own personal injury case, but those situations are few and far between. Only very few small cases can go without having an experienced personal injury attorney working on your behalf. In most cases, it will do more harm than good to try to assert your case alone. Below are a few reasons that it is a good idea to have an attorney help you with your case.
You Don’t Have The Time, Resources, or Experience
Putting a personal injury case together to present to an insurance company, judge, or jury takes a lot of time and effort. You may need to interview witnesses, talk to police officers, gather physical evidence, and so much more. The discovery process alone can take hours, days, or even weeks. Gathering the documentation you need for your case can be an extremely time consuming process. The average person who has their own full time job and family does not have the time to do all of this within the deadlines provided by the court. You should also be focusing on getting healthy after your accident, instead of potential legal problems or issues.
You Will Likely Lose Money
Most people avoid using an attorney because they think that lawyers are far too expensive. However, the truth is that using a lawyer will often get you more money for your claim than you could have gotten on your own, even after including the attorney’s fees. Part of this is because lawyers have the time and resources to “build” your claim. It is also because lawyers have great negotiation skills and insurance companies often respond better to lawyers instead of the victims.
Judges Do Not Like Pro se Plaintiffs
A plaintiff is considered “pro se” when they do not have an attorney. Pro se plaintiffs do not know the rules of the courtroom or the rules of pleading, so judges often do not like having them in their courtrooms. Those who do not have attorneys often cause unneeded delays and make procedural errors that can affect their entire case.
You Do Not Have The Training And Experience That An Attorney Has
Lawyers go to school for an extended period of time to learn how to read and apply the law. They then put that into practice every day of their career as a lawyer. You simply not have the same training and skills that an attorney has after years of schooling and practice.
Getting Help With Your Personal Injury Case
Many personal injury attorneys only charge you a fee if you win your case. This fee arrangement is a great way to get the benefits of having an attorney without breaking the bank trying to bring your case. In this type of situation, the attorney will often front many of the costs for filing the case as well, such as filing fees, fees for gathering medical records, and expert witness fees. Paying for all of those small things can add up quickly, especially for someone who likely already has mounting medical bills.
The bottom line is that having a lawyer for your personal injury case will save you time and money, and will increase your chances of your winning your case. Don’t settle for less than you deserve. Call Jim Glaser Law for a free case evaluation at 718-679-5300.