You have probably heard the old phrase “the person that represents himself has a fool for a client.” Most people would prefer to go their entire lives without having to talk with an attorney, let alone hiring one. However, speaking with an attorney as soon as possible (in nearly every situation) is often the best and wisest choice you may ever make.
Sooner is better than later when hiring an attorney. This will prevent any potential issues or pitfalls that can occur when you speak to an adjuster for the at-fault person’s insurance company. While hiring an attorney will cost you money and therefore decrease the net gain you may receive from a settlement or recovery, an attorney will often enable you to receive a better recovery.
In addition, there are more issues involved then just recovering money through settlement. Medical providers and your own health insurance carrier may have an enforceable lien against your settlement proceeds of which you may not be aware. If you fail to pay these liens you may end up in litigation or collections for failing to pay these potential lienholders, even if you were unaware of their claims. In addition, there may be more sources of recovery than you realize. An attorney will explore all available options and resources for recovery that on your own you would not have known.
Finally, if an offer to settle is unacceptable, and you are unable to resolve the claim, the only option or solution is to file a lawsuit, which most people do not know how or have the ability to do. A competent attorney that prioritizes your rights, will protect and serve your best interests, even if that means having to go to court.