Can I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit without a Lawyer?
Yes, under the law it is not required to hire any Tucson personal injury lawyer in order to bring a personal injury lawsuit. In fact, even before a lawsuit will be filed, an insurance claim is often the first step that is taken in order to try to obtain fair compensation as a result of the injury claim. Can that be done without a lawyer? Yes. Is it a good idea? Sometimes it is a fine idea, and other times it is a potential disaster.
For those people who suffer minor injuries as a result of a car accident or as the result of any other negligent action that led to their injury by somebody else, it may not be a big deal to not hire a lawyer. In fact, I believe some cases where the injury is small do not justify hiring a personal injury lawyer-either for the person who is injured or for the attorney.
On the other hand, where the injuries are permanent, extremely severe, or where there are huge amounts of monies owed due to medical bills or lost wages, I believe it is very important to give very serious thought to hiring a personal injury lawyer. Where the injury or effect of the injury can be life changing, not hiring the best personal injury lawyer you can find could be a terrible and life-altering mistake that adds insult to injury. In other words, for those people who have suffered permanent injuries or who lose a loved one, simply walking away from the case and not receiving compensation can be a mistake with horrendous consequences.
Now, there are also some claims that could fall in either category. Claims where it is probably a significant financial mistake to not hire a lawyer, but where it will not have life-altering effects if someone chooses to forego the claim or try to handle it on their own. The reality is that hiring a good Arizona personal injury attorney should make your life easier, it should increase the likelihood that you receive full and fair compensation under the law, and it should greatly reduce any chance that you would be taken advantage of or that you will lose out on your rights.
The best way to find out whether or not you need a personal injury lawyer is to sit down with the best lawyer that you can find and get their feedback on your claim. In this way, you will be able to make an informed decision in deciding whether or not to move the case forward at all, by yourself, or with the help of an experienced attorney at your side.
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