There are some occasions when handling your personal injury case on your own makes sense. If you are only handling a property damage claim, then you should handle matters on your own. A property damage claim is NOT a personal injury claim. If you were injured, but you had medical bills that are less than $2000, and no serious residual injuries, then you are probably better off without a lawyer. Also, if there is very little or no visible injury to your vehicle, it doesn’t make sense to get a lawyer involved. If the accident was your fault, then you certainly will not get a lawyer involved because a lawyer won’t get involved unless they are defending you.
If you did not get prompt medical treatment after your accident, then most lawyers will be unable to assist you because of the delay. Insurance companies view delays in treatment as a sign occurred. If you did seek medical attention but did not follow the instructions of the doctors and did not follow through with physical therapy recommendations, then a lawyer probably will not be able to help you. Generally speaking, if an accident was minor in nature and the personal injury was also minor in nature, then getting a lawyer involved doesn’t really make sense. All this being said, most personal injury attorneys will offer a free consultation. Go to somebody that you trust and ask them for a free half-hour review of your case. A good attorney will let you know what the pros and cons of your case are, and they should also let you know if you’d be better off without a lawyer. In some cases, if clients want to handle their case on their own with occasional guidance from me, we do offer that service on a flat fee basis for a certain period of time. If you don’t have health insurance, there are other ways to get medical treatment.
by Robert Mansour
Robert Mansour is a personal injury lawyer serving Santa Clarita, Valencia, Saugus, Canyon Country, Newhall, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic and surrounding communities.