Jan 4, 2019

What Are The Top 4 Problems With Personal Injury Self Representation?

Young man holding hand on his back and expressing negativity while leaning at the cardboard box
Pain in back. Young man holding hand on his back and expressing negativity while leaning at the cardboard box

In the turmoil of a severe car or work accident, many victims attempt to rebuild the shattered pieces of their lives. They do this on their own for medical and legal solutions.

However, many find out the hard way how the legal system works. The odds are stacked against the unrepresented victims almost always. Plus, injuries and cost of rehabilitation can create a financial hardship.

The insurance companies don't want to pay out on their own policies either. Also, the parties that caused the mishap may come to a similar decision and clam up. They don't want to the right the situation. To clarify, many victims find at the latest time they need legal counsel.

But since a lawyer needs evidence to win the case, it may be too late to save your case unless you know what you're doing.


Representing Yourself is Not for Everyone

A lawyer specializing in personal injury law is the best protector for injured victims. This lawyers also ends these self-representation errors. Also, this is true, even if it is a "smaller case." (Source.) Ehline Law has years of injury experience in dealing with claims.

They handle various types of mishaps from auto wrecks and workplace disasters. This experience lends valuable expertise to the victim that needs it the most. Some of the most common errors that we see include the following:          

1. Not Knowing Where to Start

Many times the hurt victims are unsure of the first step to take. In facing the aftermath of an accident, they're without insight. Victims aren't sure if they should contact a personal injury attorney. At times the person hurt will attempt to sort through the information alone.

They also make common mistakes in talks with the insurer. These mistakes could include statements made construed into admittance of guilt. Also, it may be as simple as unwitting acceptance of an offer. This "confession" can happen without the knowledge of the true extent of your injuries. Plus what the company can or should offer.

2. Thinking You Know Medicine 

To obtain a financial award can be a lengthy and costly process. Many victims don't realize the depths of this process. If you don't have adequate health insurance to cover treatment, it comes out of your pocket. In other cases, years of rehabilitation can bankrupt families.

So if you're asking for a moderate amount, the insurance company might accept the settlement it. But this will also leave your family high and dry in the process. If you ask for a significant amount of money, they could deny the claim altogether. If the request isn't based on careful thought of what's needed, it could get your application thrown out.

This rejection can happen before knowing the sheer scope of the harm sustained. Some of the damage and its symptoms don't show up right away. They manifest in the weeks or months past the incident. Later noticed pain and injury could mean it's unknown how your long-term prognosis will play out. So your ability to work and enjoy your life can all hang in the balance.

3. Lack of Organization

Lack of organizational skills is a frequent problem that remains greater than many people know. Injury attorneys train for years to learn how to present a case in and out of court. The training is, so lawyer gets the most out of the responsible party's claim. Also the nuances of injury law and the courtroom a lawyer knows. Put it another way procedure that the ordinary person will be unaware. Filing a claim wrong or past the time limit may doom it right out of the gate.

4. Lack of Negotiating Skills

Courtroom procedure and out of court isn't the same as Law and Order. The average injured victim balances many aspects of recovery At the same time as dealing with the claim. Many insurers and reckless drivers give their "final" offer. That is way below what can and should become offered to you. Because they're desperate, too many victims jump on the proposal. They believe that they won't have a better offer.

In the negotiating process victims may believe:

  • You have documentation of the insurer or defendant. And you might think that alone admits guilt for the event. However, at times you don't collect the right evidence of such misconduct. Instead, you think it will stand in court on its own. At this point, the insurer's legal team can tear apart these claims.

What is The Key Factor in All of These Mistakes?

Also all of the above may have the same common problem. The lack of hiring an attorney to handle your case can mean a loss. You can lose the case if you haven't hired an expert hand that has seen all of the tricks. Please understand that the insurer's legal team will try to devalue your claim.

The insurers use tricks that can sink a complaint. Having experience is vital to understand each piece of your insurance claim puzzle. If you require an injury a lawyer, please contact Ehline Law. Michael Ehline and his team are ready to help you if you're a harmed person.


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8486444 - "Evaluating rehabilitation for personal injury claimants."