I probably get this question maybe 28 times a minute. Here’s the thing: I don’t know! Maybe you do, maybe you don’t. I’m sure you get tired of attorney-speak, but every case is different, so the answer to the question, “Do I need an attorney?” can vary for every situation.
Having said that, there are a few things you can look at that will help steer you in the right direction:
If you aren’t hurt, you probably don’t need a lawyer.
Conversely, the more hurt you are (and the more treatment you need/the longer your recovery) the more likely it is that you need an attorney. With that much at stake, you don’t want to risk it, do you?
Do you feel confident in knowing what to ask for, or how to ask for it, or when to do so? If you don’t, then you probably need a lawyer.
If you can’t explain quickly and easily what these terms mean, you probably need an attorney:
contributory negligence, civil burden of proof, causation, pre-existing condition, lien, subrogation, UM/UIM
If you’re more worried about your health than you are the settlement you think you’re going to get, you probably could use an attorney. This one may not be intuitive, but think about it…the settlement doesn’t matter as much as your health. And if you want your health back, you should be able to focus on THAT, not on trying to figure out how to do my job.
If you’ve been hurt in an accident, particularly an auto accident, call me and let’s talk. Maybe I can help. 919-929-2992.