Do I Need A Lawyer for My Personal Injury Case?
Question: Do I Need A Lawyer for My Personal Injury Case?
The short answer to this question is usually “Yes” unless your injuries are minor in degree and finite in duration and their effect on you, in which case you may be able to handle matters yourself—provided you do the work needed to develop an understanding of the value of your case. But in most instances you are well-advised to seek legal counsel with specific personal injury experience. Most personal injury victims are inexperienced in the ways of claims handling and are also in a compromised physical, mental, emotional and financial state. Plus, you are dealing with an insurance company or a corporation, and they will have a tremendous advantage over you in terms of experience and bargaining position. Hiring a lawyer is a way to level that playing field, while taking the burden of handling your case off of your shoulders. This holds true whether you are wondering when to get a lawyer for your car accident, medical malpractice, defective product or wrongful death case. In workers compensation cases you may be able to handle matters on your own as long as your medical bills are being paid without challenge and your temporary disability checks are coming in without a hitch. However, if you have permanent impairment, the need for vocational rehabilitation or are permanently and totally disabled a lawyer is highly recommended.