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Do I need a lawyer to settle my personal injury case?

My name is Brandon Osterbind and I am an attorney at Overbey, Hawkins & Wright. People frequently ask, “Do I need a lawyer to settle my case?” The short answer to your question is no. There is no law that requires you to hire an attorney for a personal injury case.

However, the real question should be; “Why should I hire a Virginia personal injury attorney to handle my Virginia personal injury case?” When you hire a good lawyer you get several benefits, such as:

  1. Years of legal training
  2. Readily available legal resources to assist in your case
  3. Experience practicing personal injury law in Virginia
  4. Experience dealing with insurance companies in Virginia
  5. An understanding of the local court system.

The bottom line is that a reputable Virginia personal injury attorney will not accept your case if the attorney thinks that you won’t be able to get more damages than what the insurance companies involved are already offering. Remember that insurance companies want to settle for as little as possible, which could possibly leave you with a settlement that doesn’t adequately address all of your accident-related expenses, such as ongoing medical costs and lost wages. You should at least consult a lawyer before settling with the insurance company. At Overbey, Hawkins & Wright, your consultation is free and there are no obligations.