Should I see an attorney for my claim? Can I just file a complaint against the responsible party and work on the claim myself?
It is always best to have an attorney represent you in a personal injury, for one, you may not need to file an actual claim, you may just need an attorney to negotiate with the insurance company (and possibly the hospital(s)) on your behalf. The insurance companies want to end the claim quickly and for the least amount of money possibly, it is my job to make sure you get paid a fair amount.
Yes you should but, you are not required to have an attorney. I strongly suggest you do as processing claims are difficult and full of traps for the unaware. Consider this your warning. Good luck.
It is possible to file a claim by yourself. In many instances, an attorney can handle issues that come up and maximize the value of your case.
It depends on how complicated the case is. If it is for a minor injury, you can likely handle it yourself. If it is for a serious injury, you should get an attorney.
You can if you know what you're doing, but if not then hire an attorney; most will handle the matter on a contingent fee basis.
If the case is worth filing, then its worth having an attorney represent your interests. If you have a simple, straightforward matter, it may make sense to work out a resolution on your own. However, the degree of difficulty increases dramatically upon filing. If you get to this point, I strongly encourage you to retain counsel.
What kind of claim? Litigating your own case is like performing brain surgery on yourself.
I would not recommend that in most cases.
Although there is no law that requires you to have an attorney represent you in an injury claim, it would be a bad decision to do so. An attorney will know ALL of your rights and types of claims that can be made as a result of an accident, and will have a better idea of the value of your claim when you have completed treatment, than you can have on your own.
Unless your claim is very small, I would advise you to hire an attorney to handle it for you.
If this is a small-claims matter, the go ahead. Otherwise, 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. You would be up against professional insurance people, lawyers who know what they're doing and rules upon rules upon rules that you don't know anything about. If you retain a lawyer you will be much more likely to get the right result.
You can but there is a very good chance you would mess it up. There are legal requirements for everything that you file with the court, and if you fail to meet those requirements the defense can have your claim dismissed. Besides, a lawyer usually gets you 2-4x more, and then only takes a third.
It is best to hire an attorney, who is trained and well equipped to handle your claim. If you do it yourself and ran into a brick wall before you consult an attorney, the attorney may not want to take over your claim at that point.
While you may handle your personal injury claim alone, you should at least consuilt with a personal injury lawyer for specific legal advice and direction.
You can alway file a claim and represent yourself. However it is often advantageous to get an attorney to represent you and maximize your damages.
Of course you don't have to hire an attorney . However, if you are fighting with an insurance company , you will have several layers of trained claims professionals opposing you in the matter. They will know the procedures and tactics necessary in court, you probably will not. You may also remove your own appendix , though that is not recommended either. There's an old saying "A lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a lawyer." Most folks are too close to the incident to see it objectively and properly present the case and facts.
You certainly can file a claim without an attorney; however, it is always advisable to have legal representation, as you may not be aware of your rights and an attorney can protect your interests.
Yes, you can do this yourself. Yes, you should see an attorney. While this response won't help you choose, you should realize that while you can do this yourself, you could probably also change a timing belt on your car's engine - I just wouldn't recommend it.
Any serious injury claim should be discussed with an experienced personal attorney before attempting to deal with insurance companies. Lay persons without legal experience are at a serious disadvantage when trying to act alone without legal help in the personal injury claim universe. Most reputable personal injury attorneys will offer a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case during an office or phone consultation. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain with a free legal consultation. Having said all the above you are legally permitted to represent yourself in a lawsuit.
If you do not have legal skills, you will be outmatched by the other side and their skilled lawyer.
It is possible to handle yourself, but most of the time an attorney can get you far more money. His expertise is essential to build and value a case, and provide a proper threat to the other side.
That is a personal choice and largely depends on the facts the complexity and the measure of damages.
Don't trust any insurance carrier. They're deceitful and will low ball you. Call a reputable attorney.
If your claim is under $5,000 you can go to small claims court.
You can handle your claim by yourself, but you will be held to the same standard as an attorney. Miss a deadline, fail to state a claim properly, and your whole case could be dismissed. Why risk it?
You have a right to represent yourself; however, the insurance company has experienced claims representatives and attorneys. The chances of you damaging your claim are high without the assistance of an experienced attorney. And it is very difficult for an attorney to come in later to try to clean up the damage you caused by representing yourself.
You can do either. An attorney is often advisable when you have permanent injuries. An honest attorney will tell you when you do and don't need an attorney.
The answer to both of your questions is yes. Yes, you should consult with an attorney before filing a claim. And yes, you can file a claim by yourself. However, it is always advisable to at least consult with an attorney before you do any work on your own. As attorneys we're a little biased, but there is a lot of truth to the saying that "he who represents himself has a fool for a client."
Studies continue to show that you are much better off having an attorney than not. It is extremely difficult to effectively represent yourself against an insurance company and their thousands of lawyers and adjusters whose job it is to minimize compensation or deny liability of your claim. Speak with a lawyer before doing anything to help prevent any damage you may do to your case.
You can file a suit by yourself which is called filing suit pro se. I would not recommend doing so because there are many rules and regulations that must be followed or your case will be dismissed. Would you operate on yourself? If not, then why file a suit without an attorney?
You do not have to have an attorney to file and represent yourself in a personal injury case for yourself. However, if the at-fault person or company is insured, the insurance company will hire an attorney for them so you will be at a disadvantage. In addition, without trying to insult you in any way, there is truth in the old proverb that says, "He who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client." If you represent yourself in any court other than Small Claims Court you are still bound by all of the rules of civil procedure and evidence. Judges and other court personnel cannot give you legal advice. I would strongly suggest contacting a personal injury attorney to discuss your case. Most offer a free initial consultation and you can then decide whether you still want to represent yourself or hire an attorney
If you can give yourself an appendectomy, then you can handle your own claim. If you can't, then hire a lawyer.
If you have to ask, you probably need an attorney. You have the legal right to prosecute your lawsuit pro se, but pro se parties often loose when the other side gets a good attorney.
You could handle it yourself but the statistics show that an attorney will collect about three times more for you than if you handle it yourself.
If you are not an attorney, you are proabably wasting your time. If the case is any good, you should be able to get an attorney to help you.
if you have a decent claim, that is clear liability and a genuine injury, see a decent PI lawyer. You can do it yourself but chances are you will mess it up if you have as piddling claim ( a nuisance type thing with a bruise and hurt feelings) file it in the4 Judge Judy court (small claims). you may have to shell out a filing fee and sheriff fee larger than your claim is worth. Be careful you know what you are doing. That is what lawyers are here for
It would be nice to know what the claim is. The law allows for a person to represent oneself in court. But if you do, you are held the same standard as an attorney as far as following the rules of procedure and evidence, etc. If the other person has an attorney, you will be at an extreme disadvantage. If it is a personal injury claim, you should be able to hire an attorney on a contingency basis where he or she is not paid unless the claim is settled or you win at trial. Most attorneys will speak to you for free to ascertain if you have a case. You should do this to see what lies ahead of you. If this is a simple claim for money owed and it?s less than $7,500, you can go to small claims court where lawyers are not allowed to represent either party.
There is no requirement that you must hire an attorney unless you are a corporation (corporations generally cannot represent themselves in court, but must have a lawyer). Each individual must make his/her own decision whether they believe they can prosecute their own claim. Bear in mind that there are a lot of rules that can trip you up. Judges give some deference to unrepresented (known as "pro se") parties, but ultimately hold them to the rules. Assuming there is an insurance company for the other driver, they will hire a lawyer who will try to take advantage of your lack of knowledge and experience of the law and procedure. If you hire a lawyer, you can let him/her worry about all of these issues. In my experience, people who hire lawyers tend to get better results in the personal injury context than those who do not, but there are always exceptions.
You absolutely should see an attorney. Even if it is not big enough for a lawyer to take, you need some advice on what to do and any lawyer that does this kind of work will be glad to talk to you at least once without charging a fee.
You have the legal right to file a claim on your own, but there may be some pitfalls that you may encounter that could ruin your case. Its similar to you being sick and contemplating on whether you should see a doctor. If it is a simple cold, then perhaps you can treat yourself and get better. Otherwise if it turns out to be more serious, then you might be in trouble.
It is difficult for a lay person to meet the evidentiary standards in a personal injury claim, by filing it without an attorney you could harm your claim and the potential recovery.
If your claim is worth more than a few thousand dollars it is likely than an attorney could net you more even after the fee. Also, you will be expected to sign a Release and an attorney can help you to limit the Release to only the claims for which you receive compensation.
Depends on the seriousness of the injury. If the responsible party has insurance, talk to the adjuster. If the party refuses to tell you, file a complaint in your Montana County Justice Court. That will draw out insurance if there is any. If not, then be your own lawyer and take it to a non-jury trial. Just like the People's court on TV.
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