Anytime you are faced with a legal question, it can be tempting to turn to the internet to find answers. In some instances you can find basic information, or discover a checklist of frequently asked questions with general answers. If you try to use this type of information for your case, you can run into several problems. While the opinion of friends or family, or information on the web can help you find a starting point, it is should not be used as a substitute for a trained attorney.
In personal injury cases, if you try to settle your case without an attorney you may fall prey to the following “traps”:
- Releasing the negligent party from liability before you have fully recovered from your injuries. If you are convinced to sign a release without having it reviewed by a qualified attorney, you may be giving up certain rights. An issue that may arise if this happens to you is that you may not be able to seek compensation for all of your expenses, and will have to come up with funds out of your pocket to cover the costs of care.
- Failing to file your case on time, which means you may be forced to accept a settlement offer that is less than what you deserve. When negotiating a personal injury settlement, a powerful tool is the possibility that you will file a lawsuit if the recovery offered is insignificant. But, if that deadline has passed, and the adjuster knows it, you will have little bargaining power.
- Providing damaging information to the negligent party’s representative is another danger of trying to settle a personal injury case without an attorney. The rules of evidence and procedure are complex, and if you attempt to produce documents without first having a skilled attorney review the information, you may end up providing harmful information to your opposition.
The law allows you to represent yourself, but if you do so the law will hold you to the same standards an attorney must meet. This means you will be expected to know the rules of procedure, and any local court rules or requirements. If you make a mistake due to a lack of this knowledge, the Court will not be able to fix the damage done. If you have been in an accident, call us for help. We have experience pursuing compensation on behalf of injured persons, and take an individualized approach to your case.
If you have questions about how personal injury cases are handled, call our office for answers. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for your case. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.