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Key Differences Between Hiring a Lawyer and Managing Your Own Personal Injury Case
If you're filing a personal injury claim, you may find yourself deciding between managing your own case and hiring a lawyer. While some simple cases that don't involve serious injuries may be possible to handle on your own, most of the time a law firm is the way to go. In this article, we'll discuss a few key differences in handling a case yourself and hiring a lawyer.
Managing Your Own Personal Injury CaseIf you choose to handle your own personal injury case, there are multiple factors you need to consider. For instance, if you fail to manage your case correctly or miss key deadlines, your case may be dismissed as soon as it's filed. Without knowledge of the applicable state laws surrounding your case, the opposing attorney will take advantage of your ignorance and use your mistakes against you.Even if your case does proceed, you should consider how you're going to manage settlement negotiations. Unfortunately, a lot could go wrong during negotiations. When you accept a settlement, the case is over. So if you realize that the settlement was not enough to cover necessary expenses, you'll likely be on your own to cover everything else. And lastly, you'll have to be prepared to do a lot of legal research to prepare for your case. Knowing all of the laws, case history, precedents, and procedures regarding your case is necessary in order to see a positive outcome. Without experience in handling personal injury cases, you may find yourself in over your head trying to manage your own lawsuit.
Hiring a Lawyer to Manage Your CaseWhen it comes to sticky personal injury cases, utilizing the help of a law firm can be extremely beneficial. You should consider hiring a lawyer if you have:
- Expensive medical bills to pay
- Severe injuries from the accident
- Experienced a significant loss of wages
If any of these situations apply to you, then a law firm will be able to ensure your case proceeds as planned so you can receive proper compensation. An experienced attorney will be able to review your case and decide how much monetary compensation your case is worth. With that knowledge, they will also be able to handle negotiations for a settlement when the time comes. Furthermore, a law firm will have the necessary knowledge about relevant state laws, restrictions, and deadlines that apply to your lawsuit. With all of the skills and knowledge personal injury lawyers bring to the table, they will be able to give you a better chance of seeing a positive outcome with the case.With distracted driving claiming 3,477 lives in just 2015 alone, there are thousands of new potential wrongful death cases with each passing year. That's why it's important to hire a law firm if you or a loved one has been in an accident. Working with a reputable law firm is crucial in ensuring you meet deadlines, are able to prove fault, and ultimately get the compensation needed to pay your medical bills.