Do I need a Lawyer?

by Aaron Gartlan

May 20, 2016 | Your Case Value

Is my case “open and shut”? Looking at the facts from my perspective, I just can’t see how Goliath will be able to fight back against me.

There is no such thing as an “open and shut case.” Repeat: there is no such thing as an open and shut case.

In the realm of personal injury, accident, and wrongful death cases, there is really no such thing as an open and shut case. The civil justice system is full of legal and procedural requirements that have to be met, and there are defenses that often times have to be overcome. So in reality, if you have a case where you have a significant injury and damages, then it is not an open and shut case.

Do I really need a lawyer to handle my case?

If the lawyer and law firm can add value to the case, then you need a lawyer and law firm for your personal injury and accident case. A question that we ask before every accident and injury case we accept is: “Can we add value to the case?” If we are not able to add value, then it is not a case that we need to accept. In general, any time a person suffers a serious injury that results in damages, they are going to need the right personal injury and accident lawyer and law firm to handle their case. In such cases, liability, injuries and damages have to be demonstrated and proven and defenses overcome. Further, the insurance company and powerful corporations typically have a team of defense attorneys devoted to minimizing their liability and mounting a defense.


Aaron Gartlan is a graduate of Troy University and the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law who focuses his practice exclusively on representing those injured by the wrongdoing of others. He is member of the National Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In addition to his legal practice, Aaron teaches Business Law as an adjunct instructor at Troy University’s Sorrell College of Business and serves as a field artillery sergeant in the Alabama National Guard.

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