We’ve all admired those brave souls on the big screen, standing up to represent themselves in court, but it’s an act which is far tougher than Hollywood makes it look. While it’s great that the American or British legal system permits you, it’s not always the best idea to do so. That’s especially true when it comes to personal injury claims, which can be complex and riddled with hurdles, obstacles and other items ready to trip you up. Try making a personal injury claim against a metaphorical impediment.
Anyway, this is one for the professionals, we think. Still unconvinced and considering going it alone? Here are the top reasons to hire a personal injury lawyer for a lawsuit.
THERE ARE SEVERAL REQUIREMENTS YOU NEED TO MEET
If only things were that simple. Sadly, you can’t just go to a court, say that you were injured in an accident, and then expect the court to grant you compensation. While the courts can appreciate that you’ve been injured by the actions of another person, it’s essential that you meet several requirements under the law if you wish to be compensated for your injuries.
In the States, you first need to prove the driver owed you a duty of care. This basically means that the law asks whether the driver, under law and convention, is supposed to act in a certain way so others don’t get injured. The answer to that is very simple, of course, but here is where it starts to get tricky; the law then asks you to prove that that duty was broken. On top of that, you need to prove that a breach of that duty caused your injuries and that those injuries caused you to incur damages (or losses). Having a professional on board can help you develop a more convincing case, moving away from the loose and anecdotal, and focusing more on the finer details which matter.
Proving all of this doesn’t just involve you telling your story and providing pictures or video which confirm the accident happened and your version of events is true. There are rules and procedures when it comes to submitting evidence and if you don’t follow these rules (and tick those boxes) then you run the risk of invalidating the evidence, and in turn, your claim.
Brooks Law, specialists in personal injury claims, recommend speaking to a professional prior to deciding on making a claim, which ”would also give you an idea of how good your claim is and whether you should even consider a lawsuit or some other form of legal action where chances of success are better’’. Reputable, responsible law firms will dissuade you from a potentially costly and time consuming path if they don’t think you have a chance of winning. Sometimes, putting some space between you and the case, and getting that second opinion, really matters.
LOGISTICS, PAPERWORK & BUREAUCRACY
If you’re filing a lawsuit for a personal injury claim and choosing to represent yourself, then be prepared to coordinate with the court, the district offices, and the lawyer for the other side. That’s a lot to deal with, especially if you’re already coping with an injury that’s keeping you from paying the bills.
Expect some serious paperwork here. A lawyer can handle all of that for you and, because of the network they have built over their career, will likely be able to get everything done a lot faster. This, combined with their implicit knowledge of the law, makes your chances of success much better. It’s safe to say you’ll be saving a lot of time and effort in the process by hiring a lawyer.
IT’S ECONOMICALLY FEASIBLE
One of the biggest concerns in hiring a lawyer is the fees. Luckily, many personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee, meaning they’ll charge a percentage of the claim that you win in court. If the claim fails, then you don’t have to pay the lawyer at all. So there’s no worrying about having to pay a large sum of money upfront. That also equals a tangible motivation on the part of the lawyer which may well benefit your case.
THE BOTTOM LINE
A DIY attitude can be so satisfying and financially viable in many walks of life. But where a personal injury claim is concerned, particularly when a ‘no win, no fee’ basis comes as standard, this is a time when deferring to the professionals is the smartest move you can make.
Back on this side of the pond, if you’re trying to find legitimate, honest companies to help you deal with your claim, it’s important to do thorough research. Do your due diligence by first checking out our article on 5 IDEAL ways to find a trustworthy compensation claims service.