The idea of making a legal claim or going to court, at least for most people, is something that causes great anxiety and stress. For someone not familiar with the process, the entire experience can be confusing, drawn out, and twists and turns along the way that may not make sense.
While there may be legal matters where “going it alone” seems plausible, a personal injury case is not one of them. The truth is that having an attorney by your side in your personal injury case has many advantages. One such advantage is the potential amount that you can possibly receive from a successful settlement. To illustrate why having an attorney is important from a financial standpoint, let’s look at how an attorney can get you a much better settlement than going through your case by yourself:
Attorneys Understand the Law
First and foremost, hiring an attorney ensures that the person handling your case understands specifics in the law that can help you win in court or get a larger settlement for your damages. While every person has the right to represent themselves in court and you can certainly conduct your own research, it’s very easy to miss legal details of your case that could very well increase the amount of money that you receive at the end of your case.
Attorneys Understand the Value of Your Injuries
In a personal injury case, there are often tons of details that you must be aware of if you hope to get a fair settlement. A seasoned personal injury attorney has experience in determining the value of your injuries and obtaining the evidence necessary to establish that value. They’ll have a good idea of how much you can ask for and/or expect without selling yourself short or, on the flip side, looking ridiculous to the jury that will decide on your how much your case is worth.
The Defendant’s Insurance Company Knows that an Attorney Knows Better
Insurance company studies have shown that plaintiffs’ cases settle for significantly more money if the plaintiff is represented by an attorney. That’s because the insurance company knows that an unrepresented victim probably doesn’t have the legal knowledge to file a lawsuit, and an unrepresented victim doesn’t have the experience to properly value their case. As a result, insurance companies run roughshod over unrepresented plaintiffs all the time. They end up settling cases for far less than the case is worth or before a plaintiff has a good idea about the extent of any permanent injuries and future medical needs.
Attorneys Have Experience Dealing with Judges, Juries, and Defense Counsel
If the defendant’s insurance company is not being reasonable, then the victim has to resort to filing a lawsuit. You might fancy yourself a plucky hero who can blow away the judge, jury, and opposition with your knowledge of the case and wow them with your “expert expertise.” But, to put it mildly, you’d be wrong. There are very strict rules about what evidence can be presented and how evidence is presented. Dealing with a judge and jury takes professionalism, experience, and finesse. While it’s true that many judges will be patient with someone who is inexperienced, a jury of citizens who have been taken away from their other responsibilities won’t be so patient. Having a lawyer on your side significantly increases the likelihood that your case will be taken seriously by the judge, jury, and defendant’s attorney.
Having an attorney by your side can help ensure a successful case. The attorneys at Mintz Law Firm have decades of collective experience and can help you through the process from beginning to end to get you what you deserve. If you’re in need of legal advice, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for a free case evaluation.