Unless extremely unusual and rare circumstances exist, you are actually allowed to represent yourself in nearly any legal context, including personal injury cases. However, being allowed to do something does not mean you should do it. Consider that you can go hiking through the Amazon jungle without hiring guides. Does that really sound like the best idea, though? Trying to represent yourself without a personal injury attorney for your claim is akin to jungle trekking without an expert guide.
Pitfalls of Personal Injury Cases & Claims
What could be so “dangerous” about representing yourself in your own personal injury claim? For starters, the opposition should be enough to give you pause. When you act as the plaintiff in a personal injury claim, you are more than likely going up against an insurance company. This means you are going to be challenged by a defense attorney on retainer for that insurer. You will simply not be ready for their counterarguments if you go it alone.
The defense attorney is on the other side of the courtroom or conference room is going to bring up questions of legal liability. There are highly specific liability laws in every state that decide the answers and the truths behind these questions. You need to know them to stand a fair chance, but that essentially means you have to go to law school. Since this is out of the question, the next best bet is hiring a personal injury attorney who can act on your behalf.
Even in a positive scenario in which the insurance company wants to offer you a settlement to quickly close the case, you are still at a disadvantage if you are alone. Any dollar amount can seem impressive when it is offered by a large insurance company, but that does not mean the settlement offer is going to be accurate. Lowballing offers is an age-old insurer trick used against people who do not gain legal representation because the insurance company knows the plaintiff does not know the true extent of their damages. In particular, noneconomic damages like pain and suffering require careful casework to calculate correctly.
Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys at Your Service
Stop trekking into the legal jungle alone! Bertram & Graf, L.L.C. is here to make your injury claim pain-free. Our Kansas City injury lawyers offer FREE initial case evaluations to let you learn more about your rights and legal options without grabbing for your wallet first. We also work for contingency fees, which means you only pay us if we win your case. Contact our law firm now to begin.