It’s not uncommon for accident victims to ask themselves, “Can I handle my own personal injury claim?” Usually, plaintiffs (injured parties) wonder if they really need a personal injury attorney, and if they’ll receive more compensation if they represent themselves. While it’s normal to wonder these things, it’s important for plaintiffs to understand one thing, “Remember, you don’t know what you don’t know.”
While technically, there’s nothing barring plaintiffs from representing themselves, it’s still not a good idea. You wouldn’t ask a dentist to perform heart surgery, and you certainly wouldn’t want to operate on yourself because you don’t have the training or experience. Law is no different. Handling a personal injury claim is not a DIY project. You can’t compare it to remodeling your bathroom or replacing the kitchen sink by yourself.
What Sets Injury Lawyers Apart
Personal injury lawyers go to law school, which is why they understand which laws protect you. Beyond that, an experienced personal injury lawyer knows how to determine the value of a case; they know how to negotiate a fair settlement with an insurance company; they know how to gather scientific evidence that will stand up in court; and they know how to take a case all the way to trial, and succeed. They learned these skills through handling hundreds, if not thousands of cases over years (and years) in the trenches.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
Aside from the fact that personal injury lawyers are more qualified to handle your case, there’s another important reason why you’d benefit from hiring legal counsel: insurance companies. Please understand that insurance companies are for-profit companies who have one main objective and that is to settle claims for as little as possible.
When a plaintiff represents themselves, they’re setting themselves up for a low-ball settlement. Not only because the insurance company is going to say, “This is all your claim is worth,” but also because plaintiffs don’t have experience valuing settlements.
They don’t have all the data about collecting damages. Sure, the plaintiff may walk away with something, but it’s going to be significantly less than what they would have obtained if they hired a skilled personal injury lawyer who sought to maximize their compensation. Sometimes, the difference can be thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars.
If you’re looking to hire a West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer, we invite you to learn more about our team and our recent case results. We also encourage you to take advantage of our free case evaluations! Give us a call 24/7 to get started.