The simple answer to this question is, “It depends.” If you have been involved in a car crash where the other driver has clearly admitted fault and you are confident that your injuries have healed and are very minor, you may not need a lawyer to help you. If you choose not to use a lawyer, you will need to be prepared to gather your own medical records, medical bills, work/payroll records, and your own insurance company records, and package them for the negligent party’s insurance company to review. You also need to be prepared to negotiate a fair settlement, and to review and sign important Release paperwork generated by the insurance company.
On the other hand, if there is a dispute about fault, or if your injuries are lingering, severe, and/or permanent, it is probably in your best interests to hire a lawyer. Whether you choose us (and we hope you will), or another experienced and qualified personal injury law firm, you will be transferring the burden of gathering all of your records into the hands of the lawyer’s office. An experienced personal injury law firm will know what records and other information are important to insurance companies, and specifically the kind of information that causes insurance companies to offer the most money. By hiring a lawyer, you are showing the insurance company that you are serious about protecting your rights, and that you will utilize the legal system to achieve justice if you have to. By hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer, you will have someone qualified to review all of the documentation that the insurance company will generate, and to make sure that you are not forfeiting important legal rights.