This is a common question: can a lawyer provide value to your personal injury case. Well, the answer is that not every personal injury case requires the services of a personal injury lawyer. I know you must be flabbergasted at this comment, but it’s true! I’ll say it again, not every case requires the services of a personal injury lawyer.
Now, let me tell you why I say that.
First, in some cases, victims have minimal injuries. If you have been in an accident and you went to the emergency room one time you certainly have medical expenses and some inconvenience. Let’s say the hospital did some x-rays of your neck. You saw The emergency room doctor and that doctor prescribed a muscle relaxer and a pain medication. At the end of the day, you might have $2,000 worth of medical bills. And, to you that might seem like the greatest injustice in the world. Unfortunately, there are greater injustices. Unless you need further treatment, the likelihood is that you do not need a lawyer to help you with your case.
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When an experienced personal injury attorney evaluates your case one of the things here she should look for is whether he can add value to you the personal injury victim. If your lawyer cannot add value to your case then it’s not a case that requires the assistance of a personal injury attorney. For example in that case with $2,000 in medical bills your lawyer might be able to get you $4,500 maybe if he pushes until the day of trial he can get you $5,000.
Your personal injury attorneys fee is one third injury attorneys fee is one third of that $5000. Plus whatever cost expended on your behalf. So out of that $5000 you will likely pay $1,666.67 to your attorney so you would net approximately $3,333.33.
If you were able to negotiate with the insurance company to get $3,500 then the net result to you is an extra couple hundred bucks. Perhaps it is worth it to you to do that for the peace of mind that you don’t have to do any work or deal with the insurance adjuster. That is a legitimate reason to hire a personal injury lawyer.
On the flip side, if you have any significant treatment or injuries resulting from this wreck, then a lawyer will likely recover more than 3 times more than you would if you were unrepresented. The bigger the case, the bigger this difference makes. Ultimately, it is up to you whether you will hire a lawyer to represent you. But if you’ve been injured, you should seriously consider it.
Real personal injury lawyers offer free consultations and only charge a fee when they recover money in your case. There are no obligations if you just want to call and sit down to discuss your case and what will happen going forward. We’re here to help.
Posted by Brandon Osterbind.