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Are Personal Injury Attorneys Really Necessary?

Businessman fallingAt the risk of sounding cliché, you bet your bottom dollar.  And if it isn’t worth your time, no decent Melbourne, FL attorney is going to recommend you pursue a personal injury lawsuit.  

Sorting Through Misinformation

Attorneys have been given somewhat of a bad rap over the years.  Maybe from disgruntled clients who had unrealistic expectations, a personal axe to grind, or maybe from criminal defense clients who didn’t get off scott-free.  Most personal injury attorneys will not get paid unless you recover damages so they are not going to take cases they know will not benefit either of you.  Also, personal injury claims are settled through the civil procedure of law rather than criminal.  There is no one going to jail at the end of a personal injury trial unless separate charges were filed through criminal proceedings.  

What Does a Melbourne Personal Injury Attorney Do?

Plain and simple, a personal injury attorney will legally represent you before those whom you claim have been the cause of negligence, willful or accidental wrongdoing resulting in injury, either physical and/or psychological.  They may represent you before another person, a company or even a government agency.  Legal representation simply means the attorney has the responsibility to represent the client in light of the law and adequately defend them.  The client has the responsibility to be forthright and uphold the financial agreement.

Why You Should Not Represent Yourself

Many people have tried it and failed miserably.  There are many reasons why representing yourself is not in your best interest with regards to most personal injury claims.  For starters, no one is going to enter litigation over a bruise or a tiny cut they put their own Band-Aid on.  Hiring a personal injury attorney is for people who have been significantly injured and have the medical bills to prove it.  It is no small undertaking and you need someone who knows the ins and outs of the laws.  

  • The other attorney will likely chew you up and spit you out.
  • Small mistakes can get your case dismissed.
  • Most judges aren’t willing or even happy about having to give self-representors a crash course on courtroom procedure and can get annoyed with you.
  • It is stressful.
  • It takes a lot of time to prepare your case and research the law.
  • The track record of self-representation isn’t good.  You will most likely lose on technicality even if your case is solid.  

No one likes to spend money if they don’t have to.  But in the long run, hiring an attorney to handle your personal injury case will save you time, money and stress so you can focus on moving forward.