It’s almost always a bad idea to handle a major personal injury case without an attorney.
For some very minor fender benders which do not involve any injuries, it may be fine to negotiate a settlement that will cover the damages to your vehicle with your insurance company or the insurance company of the person responsible for the accident.
However, amputation cases are extremely serious. The amputee will most likely face massive medical bills for the rest of his or her life.
A prosthetic limb can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and may have to be changed several times in a lifetime, depending on the person’s age and medical condition.
The accident victim may be unable to work, which could result in a lifetime of lost wages. He or she may be suffering from emotional pain as well as physical pain.
Although it’s understandable that you may not wish to give a percentage of any settlement or verdict you get to an attorney, studies have shown that accident victims who hire an attorney on average get a higher settlement than those who don’t hire an attorney, even after the attorney’s fees are subtracted.
If you don’t have an attorney, you can get taken advantage of by the insurance company, who is looking out for its own interests, not for yours.
Also, pursuing a legal case at the same time you are dealing with medical issues and a huge change in your life puts more stress on the accident victim at an already stressful time.
Instead, it’s better to hire an attorney who can act as an advocate on your behalf.
A high-quality personal injury attorney knows what steps to take to maximize your settlement or your jury verdict.
If you have lost a limb in an accident or because of medical malpractice, call Conal Doyle, Amputation Lawyer at 310-385-0567. I am also an amputee, and can help guide you through the process of obtaining compensation for your injuries.
Call my office today to learn more about our practice.