Do I need a lawyer following my car accident?

An attorney may not be needed to handle all types of claims. For some small, uncomplicated claims, an attorney simply won't be of economic benefit to you, and an honest attorney will tell you this.  

A personal injury attorney should basically be providing two services to you: 1) the attorney's skill, experience, and knowledge should add to the value of your claim, and 2) the attorney should handle all the insurance and legal meetings, paperwork, telephone calls, negotiating, court appearances, etc., necessary to resolve your case.

If you have a simple claim, the attorney is unlikely to add significantly to its value, and the required paperwork and negotiating are minimal and straightforward. An attorney should advise you that you will likely end up putting more money in your pocket by handling your claim yourself than by hiring an attorney.

On the other hand, have you performed an appendectomy on yourself lately? If performing a moderately complicated medical procedure on yourself doesn't sound appealing, then handling a moderately complicated personal injury claim shouldn't either. Handling your legal claim yourself won't cost you your life -- it may only cost you thousands of dollars. By analogy, if a simple personal injury is a "hangnail" claim that the average person is easily capable of "clipping," then more complicated personal injury claims may be equivalent to more complicated medical procedures. Do you feel capable of performing surgery on yourself? Setting your own broken bones? An experienced attorney will be able to handle all the insurance and legal requirements necessary to resolve your claim while avoiding the numerous stumbling blocks that will be thrown up to slow the process.

A plaintiff's personal injury attorney can also maximize the value of your claim by presenting every relevant medical and legal fact to an opposing insurance company or insurance defense attorney. The driver who struck your car was found to be drunk and to have a history of drunk driving convictions -- should this increase the value of your claim? Your doctor tells you that the collision caused only a relatively minor strain injury to your neck, but you feel that it has caused a flare-up in arthritis you've been experiencing for years -- can you be compensated for this?

An excellent personal injury attorney will track down every one of these legal and medical facts and present them in a way that will maximize the value of your claim. An excellent personal injury attorney may use experts to help maximize your case.  Insurance company defense attorneys will hire experts to minimize your case.  In many instances, an attorney on your side should do the same.

An excellent personal injury attorney will also listen to you and your family members and friends.  Listening carefully will reveal how an injury impacts your family, social, and work life. 

Finally, an excellent personal injury attorney will collaborate with you as your case moves through the stages before resolution.  Handling an injury case is a cooperative effort.  Make sure you feel comfortable with the attorney you hire. 

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