When dealing with auto accident injury claims or lawsuits, many people wonder whether hiring auto injury attorneys is really necessary. While all cases differ and you’ll ultimately need to make that decision on your own, you should at least take into consideration the wide range of things auto injury attorneys actually help their clients with. Could you do all these things by yourself?
- Drafting a Demand Letter
Most personal injury cases actually don’t start with a lawsuit. They start with something called a “demand letter,” in which you, as the injured party, lay out why you think the recipient should pay you the amount that you’re demanding. The strength of the letter sets up everything that comes after it, so it’s not something you should just jot down.
- Determining a Timeline
Without legal advice, it’s all too easy to foul up your timeline. While it’s admirable to try to seek resolution without filing a lawsuit, you only have a limited amount of time to do so before you’re ineligible to file a court case. Statutes of limitation vary from place to place, but a local lawyer will be able to advise you.
- Collecting Evidence
Even though you should technically have access to official documents such as any police reports related to the accident in question, it can be tough to figure out what evidence you need and how to get it without guidance.
- Negotiating a Settlement
If you’re able to reach a settlement before actually going to court, you’ll save quite a bit of time and money (because of lower legal fees). But it can be very difficult to get a fair settlement that will provide you with the money you need to pay your bills if you don’t have a lawyer on your side.
- Arguing Your Case in Court
This one should be fairly obvious. Although only a fraction of a lawyer’s time is spent actually in court, it’s here that all that legal expertise will make the biggest difference.
What’s the verdict? Do you think you could do these things as well as experienced injury attorneys can? Share your thoughts in the comments.