Attorney Jason Roth

Top Ten Downsides to Handling Your Injury Claim on Your Own 

By Jason Roth Jan. 12, 2023

There are many things in the world that you can DIY, dealing with a complex legal system after you've been injured in an accident isn't one of them. If you're injured due to the negligence of another you have to remember that insurance companies are for profit organizations, they are financially motivated to pay you as little as possible and not knowing what you're doing can be a catastrophic financial mistake. Think of it like this, if you found out you had cancer you wouldn't try to diagnose and heal yourself, you would go to a professional. If you are injured you need to go to a professional for help also. Below are a list of the downsides to handling a claim on your own.

1.       You may not receive fair compensation: Without the assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer, you may not receive the full and fair compensation that you are entitled to.

2.       You may not fully understand your legal rights: A personal injury lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and options, and advise you on the best course of action. Without this guidance, you may make decisions that are not in your best interests.

3.       The insurance company may take advantage of you: Insurance companies often try to minimize the amount of compensation that they pay out to claimants. Without a lawyer, you may be at a disadvantage when negotiating with the insurance company.

4.       You may accept a settlement that is too low: If you do not have a lawyer to advocate on your behalf, you may be more likely to accept a settlement offer that is too low.

5.       The legal process may be overwhelming: The legal process can be complex and confusing, especially if you are dealing with a serious injury. A personal injury lawyer can handle the legal details and allow you to focus on your recovery.

6.       You may miss important deadlines: There are strict deadlines for filing personal injury claims, and if you miss them, you may lose your right to seek compensation. A personal injury lawyer can help ensure that you do not miss any important deadlines.

7.       You may not be prepared for court: If your case goes to trial, you will need to be prepared to present your case in court. A personal injury lawyer can help you prepare and present your case effectively.

8.       You may not have access to expert witnesses: An experienced personal injury lawyer may have access to expert witnesses who can provide valuable testimony on your behalf.

9.       You may not know how to negotiate: Negotiating a settlement with an insurance company can be difficult, especially if you do not have legal training. A personal injury lawyer can negotiate on your behalf and help you obtain a fair settlement.

10.   You may end up with more legal problems: If you do not have a personal injury lawyer to guide you through the legal process, you may end up with more legal problems or complications down the line.