Most people who get into car accidents in Plymouth, MA want to file personal injury claims. However, they are faced with one dilemma…
To hire or not to hire a Plymouth car accident lawyer. They often wonder if they can negotiate with the insurance company and get more money without forking out lawyer fees. As car accident lawyers, we can try to convince you that you need to hire us in order to recover damages from the insurance company. But that’s not how we operate. We often give our clients as much information as possible so that they can make an informed decision.
Before you decide that you are going to represent yourself in your personal injury claim, a few factors will affect your decision.
Factors that Determine if You Should Settle Your Plymouth Car Accident Claim
We wouldn’t recommend that you try to settle complicated cases like medical malpractice cases, product liability cases or cases involving government agencies. Such cases are very complex and you have to understand the intricacies of the law involved. Even attorneys who do not specialize in these areas get confused so imagine how complicated it would be for you if you have never practiced law.
Additionally, such cases have shorter or stricter statute of limitations and other procedural requirements that must be fulfilled in order to make a successful case. It’s best to hire lawyers who have specialized in these areas of law to avoid squashing your chances of recovering damages. Other factors that you should consider include:
The Value of Your Case
If the value of your case is high, it’s best that you hire a lawyer. You should, however, note that if the value of your case exceeds the amount of insurance coverage, your lawyer won’t be able to help you increase your recovery.
Your Negotiation Skills
You shouldn’t try to settle your case if you feel you are not comfortable or confident enough to negotiate with the insurer. Don’t screw up your case just to save a few bucks.
Situations Where You Should Hire a Plymouth Car Accident Lawyer
Even if your case is straightforward and there is no doubt who is at fault, there are still circumstances under which we would strongly advise you to hire a car accident lawyer in Plymouth.
Your Claim Involves A Workers Compensation Claim
Let’s say you got into a car accident while working. This situation warrants both a personal injury claim and a workers compensation claim. These are two different claims and we wrote all about how different they are.
Filing both a workers compensation claim and a personal injury claim is not a “run-of-the-mill” type of situation. You will have to tackle numerous challenges, which may eventually hurt both your claims. It’s better to let your car accident lawyer handle such a case.
Your Case Involves More Than One Defendant
An example of a case involving more than one defendant would be getting into an accident with more than one car. Such cases tend to be too complicated for a layperson to handle. Also, if you got into a car accident with a commercial truck driver, your case might involve not only the truck driver but also their employer. Cases that include multiple defendants have varying levels of liability so we would suggest that you hire a lawyer for such situations.
The Defendant Denies Liability
Cases where the defendant denies liability are much harder to settle especially if the defendant has a liability defense. This is especially true if the insurer believes they will get a defense verdict if the case goes to trial.
For your case, the defendant might claim that you were texting while driving or you were speeding. Cases involving disputed liability are difficult to settle and most lawyers find themselves taking such cases to trial. If your case involves disputed liability, you will have an even harder time trying to settle the case on your own.
Consult Us Free of Charge
At Kevin P Landry Offices, we offer free initial consultations. We will evaluate your case and tell you whether it will be wise to tackle it alone or to hire us. We look at a number of other factors that haven’t been mentioned here when evaluating your case.