If you have a simple case that is really straightforward, in order to save on attorney's fees, you can represent yourself when you file a personal injury lawsuit. However, not all cases are simple. If you find that any of the three situations below apply to your case, your case could benefit from the legal expertise and advice that an attorney has to offer.
#1: The Defendant Denies That They Are At Fault
If the defendant admits that they are at fault, but doesn't agree to the amount of money that you want, you may be able to negotiate it on your own without the help of a lawyer.
However, if the defendant is adamant that they are not at fault for the incident that you are suing over, or that you are at fault for the incident, you are probably going to need the help of a lawyer in order to get the settlement and compensation that you are going after.
If the defendant really does not think they did anything wrong, they are going to take a lot of time building a defense that shows that they were not responsible for what happened to you and doing everything they can not only to refute your case, but to call into question the very injuries you suffered. When a defendant feels you are completely in the wrong, you need a lawyer to help you build a strong case and who can poke holes in the defendant's defense arguments.
#2 There Is More Than One Defendant That You Are Pursing
If you are pursing a personal injury case against more than one defendant, you are probably going to need the assistance of a lawyer in order to make your case. When you go after multiple parties, you have to prove that each party bears a responsibility for the injuries that you suffered. It is not enough to prove that you suffered physically or emotionally, you have to prove how each defendant contributed to your suffering. You also have to prove the level of liability that each defendant contributed to your injuries.
Additionally, you will have to field requests for information from multiple defendants and you will be legally obligated to respond to all requests in a timely manner. An experienced lawyer can help you prove that each defendant is responsible for your injuries.
#3 You Are Filing A Workers Compensation Claim & A Personal Injury Lawsuit
If you were injured while working by a third party and are filing both a worker's compensation claim and a personal injury lawsuit, you will need the assistance of a lawyer to navigate the complicated legal legwork that will ensue.
To start with, your employer and your workers compensation doctors may try their best to work against you and disprove the level of injuries and their responsibility in them. This can make filing a personal injury lawsuit all that more difficult when both parties you are dealing with are trying to disprove what you are saying. You will also have to comply with competing deadlines and legal requests.
If your personal injury case is really simple and straightforward, you may be able to handle it on your own. However, if your personal injury case falls into any of the three categories mentioned above, you would benefit from the experience and advice of legal counsel from a firm like Bennett & Zydron PC.Share