Do I still need to hire one?
No an attorney is not required, but it is a good idea to make sure your interests are protected.
Not required but highly recommended.
It depends on the type of case and the type of settlement.
No, it's a good idea though. Insurance companies are skilled at giving you less and making you think you won. Remember the attorney does not get paid unless you settle, and I will assure you of one thing the settlement will be much larger with a lawyer then without one!!!
Some injury claims are so small they may not require legal representation, and in that case you may choose to settle the claim with the insurance company yourself. My best recommendation as a former insurance defense lawyer, though, is if you have suffered serious injuries from a collision, you need to promptly seek advice from an excellent personal injury lawyer. An experienced trial lawyer whose focus is auto injury litigation knows how to preserve all your legal rights, not just some of them, against the attempts of the insurance adjuster and their defense attorneys to defeat or minimize your claim. Chances are this is the first serious accident and recovery you have had to manage, but a lawyer whose focus is auto accident law has handled hundreds of claims for injured people. A skilled advocate will ensure you are not taken advantage of by the complexities of the insurance claim process and will receive the compensation due to you. Retaining an attorney adds credibility to a client's threat to file suit, to pursue a claim to trial, and to negotiate a larger payment. Thus, a client gains more experience, more knowledge, and more negotiating credibility and power in dealing with the insurance industry.
An attorney can insure that you are treated fairly in a settlement and that you are receiving what you should receive.
No but it's a good idea to have a lawyer so you are able to enforce the settlement by properly memorializing the terms of settlement.
No , an out of court settlement does not require an attorney. However, when faced with professionals trained in minimizing your recovery it is often wiser to get advice from a skilled negotiator that has YOUR rights and interest protected not the insurance company.
If you wish to understand the legal ramifications of the settlement, it is best to have an attorney. However, there is no requirement that an attorney be present. Some settlements may require the presence of a notary public, but not an attorney per se.
NO. You can always settle without an attorney. However . . . don't cry later on when you get shortchanged. The reason you need a lawyer is: 1) to view your legal options; and 2) to keep the other side "honest."
People can settle cases without an attorney but without an attorney the settlement might not be appropriate.
No you do not need an attorney if you settle out of court, but the chances of you getting maximum value without one are remote. If an insurance company is involved, they will certainly take advantage of that fact and pay you as little as possible.
If you want get full and fair compensation, You better get a Great Lawyer. Injuries and all other damages must be documented or the insurance company will not consider them.
No. It depends on the complexity of your case.
Unless this is a small claims action for a few hundred bucks, then no you can't handle a claim on your own and yes you do need an attorney. There are many rules, procedures, exceptions, requirements etc. and it is very easy to get tripped up. The old saying is: "He who acts as his own lawyer has a fool for a client". You have a right to represent yourself, just as I have a right to perform dentistry on myself, but that would be a really bad idea. Seriously, this is a tricky business and there is no room for do-it-yourselfers. If you retain a lawyer you will be much more likely to get the right result.
You have a legal right to represent yourself. I believe your chances of getting what you want improve when you retain a good attorney.
Yes. Insurance companies either will not act in good faith with you or they will take advantage of you. Hire a lawyer.
NO. But that means that you will not get any legal advice about what the settlement papers means or the terms of the settlement.
Not technically but you should have an attorney review and/or prepare the settlement documents.
No, unless the settlement is on behalf of a minor or other person who is in need of a guardian ad litem.
A lawyer is not needed if there is a settlement. However I suggest you speak to an attorney to make sure you obtain the maximum recovery under the circumstances. You should contact an attorney to discuss your matter further.
You might be better off consulting with one to determine whether the settlement amount is fair.
You are not required to have an attorney to settle a case. However, it may be your advantage to hire an attorney to determine whether a settlement is fair or if you might be entitled to more money.
Typically no but, you should have something in writing or do it on the record. The only the attorney would help you with is the value and terms of the settlement, which are critical. Good luck.
You should at least consult with a personal injury lawyer, especially, if your injuries and/or damages are substantial.
You are free to negotiate with an insurance company on your own, but I would not suggest this. Insurance companies will typically take advantage of those not represented. It is always best to at least seek a free consultation from an experienced personal injury attorney in your area.
You should never settle a case without assistance of a lawyer.
No attorney is required if you have reached an agreement. The insurance company will send you a release to sign. Anything which occurs after the signing of a release which is related to the accident will be your problem.
No it does not. However, its always better to have an attorney to ensure your rights are being protected.
You should not make a final agreement until you have it at least reviewed by an attorney.
No. But you likely won't receive a proper one without good attorney to create the circumstances for an appropriate settlement and to threaten suit.
No, but you would be well advised to do so. An experienced personal injury attorney will surely recover more money for you, after their fee, than you will be able to recover for yourself.
If you are settling a case for a minor, you have to have an attorney. Otherwise, you do not.
You do not need an attorney to settle a personal injury case. However, generally an attorney can help you get a better settlement than without an attorney even considering attorney fees.
No. But you should have a written signed agreement.
Usually not, but if a minor is involved or a case involving death by wrongful act, you will need court approval.
At attorney could help you make sure your settlement is enough and that your case is ready to settle. If you have any questions about either of these issues, you should consult an attorney.
I suggest you consult with an attorney to ensure that you are fairly compensated.
No, but you would be foolish to sign something without one.
If you are simply settling out of court, no. But you probably want to have the settlement terms in writing. That can be quite tricky and may require assistance of counsel.
No, it does not but sign any release only after reading it very carefully.
Most Personal Injury attorneys work on a contingency basis. That means that they do not get paid unless you recover for your injuries. Many Attorneys will also advance some, or all, of the litigation costs. This means that you do not have to hire an attorney. In most cases, insurance companies will give an attorney a much better offer to settle the case than to a person handling their own claim. Lastly, in Oregon Attorneys can collect their fees from the defendant (the person that injured you) in certain circumstances involving cases under $10,000.00. This means that you can collect the full award (settlement amount or judgment) and the Attorney gets paid by the other side.
No but you'll get screwed.
No, but I would hesitate ever going forward with a settlement without at least consulting with an attorney. If you are negotiating with an insurance company, you can be sure they are, at the very least, trying to take advantage of you and the fact that you are not represented.
While it is not necessary to have an attorney to reach an out-of-court settlement, it is usually wise to hire one to make sure the settlement you are getting is fair and just.
If you want to ensure adequate compensation yes, but if you have already agreed on a number, no. Carrier will require that you execute a release which will outline all the terms.
You can settle by yourself but not a good idea because they usually will not pay you a fair amount.
No, but it wouldn't hurt to talk to one to make sure the offer you are getting is adequate.
Not necessarily, but it would be highly recommended (to hedge risk).
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