Can I Handle The Case on My Own, Or Do I Need an Attorney?
When you find yourself in an accident – whether automobile, motorcycle, bike, or as a pedestrian – you likely feel that the potential financial loss is high enough without the cost of attorney fees as well. More often than not, however, that’s simply not true. The determination of liability is never as black and white as you might think, and cases in which the other party is clearly at fault can still turn in their favor if they’ve hired skilled representation.
Finding a knowledgeable accident attorney in Bouldercould save you thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars by the time your case is settled.
THE RISKS OF HANDLING YOUR CASE ALONE
The risks of handling your case alone are numerous, and even those who’ve gone to law school have trouble remembering what to account for when they themselves are involved in an accident. For example:
- If you’ve racked up significant medical bills, the defendant will oftentimes fight to avoid paying these bills. Unfortunately, they have been known to attempt to judge whether or not the medical treatment was truly necessary.
- If you’d like compensation for pain and suffering, they’ll often scrutinize exactly how much suffering you’ve actually endured. (”If your neck really hurts like you claim it does, how are you able to ride your lawnmower around your yard?”)
- If you’ve lost income you need compensated, many defendants will look into whether or not you truly needed to take that time off of work.
As you can see, in a high-stakes case, your life is under the microscope. You now have to consider everything you do each day and if it will harm or benefit your case – a daunting task without the expert advice an accident attorney in Boulder has to offer.
WHEN CAN YOU HANDLE YOUR CASE ALONE?
While it’s inadvisable to do this at any time for precaution’s sake, there are instances in which you should be okay handling your case personally.
- Is the damage to yourself or your property very limited in scope?
- Is most of the damage physically measurable, such as damage to a vehicle rather than lost income or pain and suffering?
- Is the other party clearly at fault, without any shadow of a doubt?
If a single one of these answers is ‘no’, you can’t afford not to hire an accident attorney in Boulder if you truly want the compensation you deserve.
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