It’s not uncommon for accident victims to ask, “Can I handle my own West Palm Beach personal injury claim?” Usually, personal injury victims wonder if they really need an attorney and if they’ll receive more compensation if they represent themselves. While it is normal to wonder about these things, it is important for plaintiffs to understand one thing, “Remember, you don’t know what you don’t know.”
While technically, there’s nothing barring plaintiffs from representing themselves, it is still not a good idea. You would not ask a dentist to perform heart surgery, and you certainly would not want to operate on yourself because you do not have the training or experience. Law is no different. Handling a personal injury claim is not a DIY project. You cannot compare it to remodeling your bathroom or replacing the kitchen sink by yourself.
What Sets Our Injury Attorneys Apart?
Personal injury lawyers go to law school, which is why they understand which laws protect you. Beyond that, an experienced personal injury lawyer knows how to determine the value of a case; they know how to negotiate a fair settlement with an insurance company; they know how to gather scientific evidence that will stand up in court; and they know how to take a case all the way to trial and succeed. They learned these skills through handling hundreds, if not thousands of cases over years (and years) in the trenches.
Why Do I Need a West Palm Beach Personal Injury Lawyer?
Aside from the fact that our West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers are highly qualified to handle your case, there is another important reason you’d benefit from hiring legal counsel: insurance companies.
Insurance companies have one main goal, which is to settle claims for as little as possible.
By representing yourself, you’re setting yourself up for a low-ball settlement. The insurance company will say, “This is all your claim is worth,” because plaintiffs don’t have experience valuing settlements.
You don’t have data about collecting damages. Sure, you might walk away with something, but it is going to be significantly less than what you would have received if you hired a skilled West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer to maximize your compensation. Sometimes, the difference can be thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars.
If you’re wondering if you need to hire a West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer, take our free case evaluation! Give us a call 24/7 to get started.