Q: Are there good alternatives to retaining a personal injury lawyer, wrongful death lawyer and accident trial lawyer law firm?
A: In some circumstances, you can probably “go it alone” and wind up okay. But be warned: Goliath is as sneaky as he is stingy.
If the personal injury lawyer, wrongful death lawyer and accident lawyer law firm can add value to the case, then you need a personal injury lawyer, wrongful death lawyer and accident lawyer law firm for your personal injury, wrongful death and accident case.
In general, any time a person suffers a serious injury that results in damages, they are going to need the right personal injury lawyer, wrongful death lawyer and accident trial lawyer 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.
In minor personal injury and accident cases – worth much less than ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) – you can try to settle the dispute in small claims court. But even in this situation, there could be more to your case than meets the eye.
For instance, say someone causes an automobile wreck and rear ends you at a stoplight and messes up your bumper. Maybe he only does two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500.00) worth of damage. It is annoying, for sure, but certainly not life-changing. So instead of calling a personal injury lawyer, wrongful death lawyer and accident trial lawyer law firm and getting his or her input, you decide to settle with the guy who caused the automobile wreck that hit you and just move on with your life. Lo and behold, a few weeks after the car accident, you develop splitting headaches, a constant cramping in your neck, and numbness and tingling in your extremities. A medical diagnosis reveals that you suffered a concussion in the crash. Now you may have to contend with the potentially gargantuan costs of treating a chronic and traumatic brain injury. What appeared to be a two thousand five hundred dollar hit ($2,500.00) might, over your lifetime, cost you two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000.00) or more in medical bills, rehab, lost wages, and so forth.
The odds are if you get into an automobile collision fender-bender like that, you will be fine. Odds are, there will not be an unpleasant surprise like the diagnosis of a concussion two (2) weeks after the fact. But you never know. There is always a non-zero possibility of a black swan outcome.
Thus, even after minor events, it is generally worth your while to connect with a personal injury attorney, wrongful death attorney and accident trial attorney law firm attorney, even if just for peace of mind.
So the long winded answer here is: Yes, you can go it alone. But do beware that Goliath and his minions are nimble, savvy, and tricky even in smaller personal injury and accident cases.
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.