I see this way too often. Someone gets hurt, and they decide that they’ll try to handle the claim on their own until they feel like they need an attorney. Then it gets ugly, and 2.5 years down the road, they have 6 months left on their statute of limitations, a tangled mess of a claim, and they struggle to find an attorney willing to jump in at such late notice.
Why mess around? I guess I understand…people hear so much negativity about lawyers, particularly personal injury lawyers, and they assume the worst. Injury victims feel like they might be victimized twice if they hire an attorney, when the truth is that they’re victimizing themselves by NOT hiring an attorney.
If you wanted to build a house, would you try to build it on your own until it was time to put up the sheet rock, and THEN try to get an architect and contractor to come and make sure it was all right? What are the chances you’ll just have to tear it all down and start over? Probably pretty high. But you can’t just start over with your injury claim; once you’ve made a mess of it, it’s a mess.
Don’t make this mistake when there is so much help available out there. Reduce your chances of making a bad situation worse. If you’re hurt in an accident, call an attorney. Call me 919-929-2992.