With YouTube videos and online guides on everything from how to convert your car to run on vegetable oil to how to make your own furniture, it is not surprising that the do-it-yourself mentality has extended to the legal sphere, too. More and more people believe they can get by without that lawyer that can seem very expensive. It’s understandable that the public would start taking legal matters into their own hands because we’ve heard of lawyers abusing the fees at the end of the case.
Although representing yourself in legal matters may be gaining in popularity, doing so isn’t necessarily wise. In fact, representing yourself during a car accident claim leaves room for some serious errors. Meaning you can actually walk away with more money even though you’re paying a lawyer. Literally there are some situations where people just wanted the value of the damages paid for a car accident, and the med bills, which can be in the range of 30-50k, then after hiring a good lawyer they walk away with almost twice that amount (this is not a promise, just an example). Good injury lawyers will do their homework, they’ll know the laws, and they’ll make strong cases on why you should deserve a real serious payout.
The following considers why you need an attorney to pursue full and fair compensation in a car accident case.
Negotiating a Car Accident Settlement and Car Accident Mediation
Not everything is worth doing yourself, and when your future is on the line, car accident mediation talks are certainly one of those things where professional help is crucial. Some serious mistakes you may make during the claims process that could affect your leverage during settlement talks include:
- Giving a recorded statement that is later used against you
- Failing to understand the value of your claim, and therefore asking for too little (or too much)
- Taking an initial settlement offer
- Failing to file a claim in time
- Assuming that it will all “work out”
The truth is, an insurance company will almost always try to get away with giving you the least amount of money possible. Without an attorney on your side who understands the law and knows how to negotiate and value a claim, you may walk away with less than you really deserve.
Representing Yourself in a Car Accident Trial
If your case cannot be settled out of court, it may go to trial. This is where having an attorney really makes sense. A trial can be intimidating, and it has many intensive legal protocols that must be strictly adhered to.
Without knowing what questions to ask, and how to answer questions when you’re on the stand, as well as what evidence to present and how to present it, it is unlikely that you will win in court on your own.
Is It Worth It to Hire a Lawyer for a Car Accident Case?
If you have suffered injuries or are coping with other damages after a car accident, you should schedule a free case consultation with an experienced attorney at The Millar Law Firm. There’s no obligation to hire our firm, and you’ll leave the consultation with a better idea of how you should proceed.
You should also know that our law firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not collect legal fees unless we secure compensation for you. Our payment then comes as a percentage of your compensation when your case is finished.
Contact our firm today to schedule a free case consultation to learn more about how we can help you. We will guide you through any questions that you may have about why you need an attorney, the claims process, and what your case is worth.