Posted on January 29, 2011 in Personal Injury
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Technically, it is possible to represent yourself in a personal injury claim; at least, the law gives room for that. As such, you really don’t have to hire a personal injury attorney to represent you. This may sound like a good decision because once the case gets settled or you are awarded compensation, you don’t need to worry about a paying a personal injury attorney. Actually, this is a sound decision if you are very knowledgeable about personal injury law and the intricacies involved in filing a claim and also proving that the other party is guilty of negligence. However, if you do not fulfill these requirements, then you are better off hiring a personal injury attorney.
A personal injury attorney possesses a high level of knowledge, experience and skill required to ensure that you are properly compensated for injuries sustained. Let’s face it, preparing a personal injury claim takes a lot of work such as collecting or gathering relevant information, gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, soliciting expert opinions and several other tasks. Hiring a personal injury attorney to represent you will save you from going through all these tedium plus the fact that it will make the whole process faster. This is a very good benefit considering the fact that personal injury cases usually take some time to settle.
A personal injury attorney will also ensure that you are adequately compensated for the injuries you sustained. Before any settlement can be reached, the damages have to be verifiable. In other words, you need an expert to properly value the economic and psychological damages and present them in a verifiable form. A personal injury attorney is in a good position to do this and will help you value the damages far better than you can ever do.
Personal injury attorneys are also very skillful at negotiations and will get you favorable verdicts. Insurance companies are notorious for underpaying victims especially if the victim is not represented by a personal injury attorney. A recent CNN documentary reveled that a lot of accident victims are grossly under-compensated. With a personal injury attorney however, the chances of this happening are non-existent.
The points mentioned above underscore the importance of hiring a personal injury attorney to represent you. You stand to gain a whole lot more by doing this rather than trying to get settled or compensated by representing yourself.
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Technically, it is possible to represent yourself in a personal injury claim; at least, the law gives room for that. As such, you really don’t have to hire a personal injury attorney to represent you