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  • Brian Thomasson

Do I Really Need an Attorney for My Personal Injury Case?

Updated: Oct 30, 2023

Admittedly as a personal injury lawyer I am bias. In general, whether or not you need an attorney for your injury case depends on various factors. Here are some considerations:

1. **Complexity of the Case**: If your case involves complicated legal issues, or if the injuries are severe with potential for high compensation, it might be wise to hire an attorney. They can navigate the complexities and ensure you get a fair settlement.

2. **Dealing with Insurance Companies**: Insurance companies often have their own legal teams and might try to minimize the compensation you receive. An attorney can negotiate on your behalf and ensure that your rights are protected.

3. **Knowledge of Laws and Regulations**: Personal injury laws can vary by state and can be complex. An attorney will know the ins and outs of the legal system and can guide you through the process.

4. **Potential for Litigation**: If there's a chance your case might go to trial, having an attorney can be crucial. They can represent you in court and present your case to a judge or jury.

5. **Peace of Mind**: Dealing with an injury can be stressful, and managing a legal case on top of that can be overwhelming. Hiring an attorney can give you peace of mind, knowing that a professional is handling your case.

6. **Cost**: Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they only get paid if you win your case. However, it's important to understand all potential costs before hiring an attorney.

7. **Severity of Injuries**: If you've suffered minor injuries and the liability is clear, you might be able to handle the claim on your own. However, for more severe injuries where the extent of damages might be disputed, an attorney's expertise could be invaluable.

8. **Statute of Limitations**: There are time limits for filing personal injury claims, which vary by state. An attorney can ensure that all deadlines are met.

Ultimately, the decision to hire an attorney is personal and depends on your comfort level, the specifics of your case, and your assessment of the potential benefits versus costs. If you're considering hiring an attorney, it might be a good idea to consult with one to understand your rights and options.

If you would like to chat about your injury case, please feel free to call me at 757-454-2110. There is no cost to chat and discuss your options. I am happy to see if I can help you and whether you should retain an attorney.

/s/ Brian A. Thomasson

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