SCV Personal Injury Attorney | Do You Need An Attorney or Can You Handle Your Own Injury Case? | The Mason Law Firm | Mason Rashtian

“We Meet Our Clients By Accident”

Getting into a car accident is not an everyday event.  If you get into an accident, there are many things that come into play, which you need to be aware of.  For example,
  • Should you give a statement to the insurance company?
  • If you give a statement, what should you say?
  • Should you fill our forms given to you by the insurance company?
  • How do you find a trusted healthcare provider to examine and treat you?
  • How do you pay for your medical treatment?
  • Can you recover for lost income?
  • What about pain, suffering, aggravation and inconvenience?

This is just the beginning.  What happens if the insurance company denies your injury claim?  What happens if they accept your claim but will not pay for some or all of your medical bills?  What happens if the insurance company refuses to pay for your lost income or pain and suffering?  If they make a settlement offer, is that offer fair based on the facts of your case?  This is just pre-litigation.

What happens if you have to file a lawsuit?  How do you file it?  How do you conduct discovery?  How do you prove your case?  How do you prove your damages?  Are you ready to go up against the insurance company and its experienced defense lawyers?

There are just some of the issues than can arise.  So, when I am asked “Do I need an attorney or can I handle my own injury case?”, I can quoting Abraham Lincoln, who once said: “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.” But, I usually put it this way: “You wake up one morning with a bad tooth ache.  You have a choice:  (1) you can go to your garage, pick up a pair of pliers and yank the tooth out, or (2) you can call a dentist. Which one would you choose?” The same principle applies here.

If you choose to handle your own injury case, remember that you will be facing a seasoned and experienced adjuster, who has been trained to do everything in his/her power not to pay you anything on the case or to pay you as little was possible.  If the case ends up in litigation (i.e. a lawsuit is filed), then you will also be facing a experienced defense attorney with the same objective as that of the adjuster.

Most, if not all, personal injury attorneys take injury cases on a contingency fee basis.  This means that the attorney gets paid a percentage of the settlement or judgment  and if there is no recovery in the case, then the attorney does not charge you a fee.

So, if you are not paying anything out of your pocket for an attorney, why wouldn’t you then utilize his or her expertise?

Maybe the question should be: “How can I afford not to hire an attorney to handle my personal injury case?”  It is crucial that you hire an attorney as soon as possible in the case, and preferably before you start dealing with the insurance company.  The longer you wait before hiring an attorney, the more harm you can cause to your case.

If you have a personal injury case, such as an accident, slip and fall, dog bite, etc., and want to get an honest assessment of your case and be educated as to your options, please give us a call. There is never a fee unless there is recovery in the case.

Santa Clarita Valley
27240 Turnberry Ln, #200
Valencia, CA 91355
Tel: (661) 362-0805

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Published in: on August 1, 2012 at 9:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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