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Can I Represent Myself in a PI Case?

The law does not require that you work with an attorney when filing a personal injury claim, but it is strongly recommended that you do.

After an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you can file a claim for compensation. If the legal issue is small, such as if you only sustained minor property damage, and you are comfortable dealing with the insurance company on your own, you may not need a lawyer for your case. However, a lawyer is a great help when filing a claim and will increase your chances of success, and of obtaining the full compensation you deserve.

A Lawyer Will Explain the Laws that Apply to Your Case

You may know that you can claim compensation after an accident, but you may not understand the laws that apply to your case. For example, under New Jersey’s no-fault auto insurance laws, you must generally first file a claim with your own insurance company to claim compensation after a car accident. If you sustained a serious injury that meets the threshold outlined by state law though, you can also file a claim against the negligent driver. A lawyer will explain all the laws that apply to your case, so you obtain the full damages you deserve.

A Lawyer Will Provide Objective Advice

It is almost impossible for accident victims to be objective after an accident. Being injured is a very personal experience, and the emotions you feel afterward will make it difficult to remain objective, particularly when negotiating with the insurance company.

You may be happy to receive any compensation at all and so, accept a settlement offer that is not enough to cover the cost of your injuries. On the other hand, you may think your damages are worth much more than what the insurance company is offering, when they are not. A lawyer will provide the objective advice you need so you know when to settle and when to fight for your rights.

A Lawyer Will Take on All the Legwork

Even if you feel comfortable representing yourself to the insurance company, or even to a judge, there is much more to a personal injury claim than those tasks alone. The insurance company will certainly need evidence such as your medical records and other documentation before they pay damages for the accident. If your case goes to trial, you may also need to locate witnesses and subpoena them to appear in court. These tasks are much better left to a lawyer that is familiar with the process and that knows how to collect the evidence most important to your claim.

Call Our Personal Injury Lawyer in Freehold Today

When filing a claim after an accident, our Freehold personal injury lawyer at Lomurro Law will give you a much better chance of recovering the damages you deserve than if you went through the process alone. Call us today at 732-414-0300 or contact us online to schedule a consultation so we can provide the sound legal advice you need.

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