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Do You Really Need an Attorney to Settle Your Personal Injury Case?

Posted by James Bendell | Jul 30, 2020 | 0 Comments


Hiring an Attorney is Not Essential

You do not need an attorney to settle a small personal injury case. In
fact, you might end up with a net smaller settlement after the attorney
subtracts his or her fee in smaller cases. This outcome would not be fair
to you; therefore, I do not handle very small personal injury cases.

Things to Consider Before Deciding Whether to Hire an Attorney

Before you decide whether to hire an attorney,
consider the following:

In 2004, the Insurance Research Council, a research organization
created and funded by the insurance industry, did a comprehensive
study comparing the value of settlements people received for the
same injury when they were represented by an attorney compared
to when they did not have lawyers. The Insurance Research Council
determined that people who were represented by an attorney received
almost three and one-half times more, even after the attorney's fees
were paid.

Secrets in the Claims Adjuster's Training Manual

It was revealed that the 1995 training manual for the claim adjustors
of one of the nation's largest insurance companies stressed the importance
of convincing claimants to represent themselves and not retain
an attorney.

Again, it is important to remember that the insurance company's
own research shows that people who have hired an attorney to
represent them receive more money than those who do not have
an attorney. Do you think the insurance adjuster will share this
information with you?

Most personal injury attorneys will provide a free initial consultation. It might be prudent to take advantage of this free service to help you decide whether to hire an attorney.

About the Author

James Bendell

Attorney James Bendell graduated from Rutgers Law School after completing his Batchelor's Degree at the College of William and Mary. After working two years as a prosecutor, he worked for 16 years as a litigator, trying lawsuits for insurance companies. His practice is now devoted to handling dis...


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