Hi I’m Roger Ghai and I wanted to talk a little bit about a very common question that I do get from either through an email inquiry or people calling me up and asking me, can I handle the case myself or do I need to hire a lawyer. It really depends on the facts and the circumstances of the case. Let me take a pretty classic or a typical example. Let’s say you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident and you’ve got $6 or $700 or even up to maybe $2000 in property damage on your vehicle.
The answer to the question is that a lot of times you can go ahead and handle those cases yourself, you don’t really need to have a lawyer handle those cases for you. If the insurance company is going to offer you a very minimum settlement because there’s not a lot of property damage, you certainly don’t want a lawyer taking one-third of whatever the settlement is going to be because you may have had medical bills and that type of a thing.
In those types of limited circumstances, if there’s no permanent injury and there’s not very much property damage then yes. I think that you can go ahead and handle the case yourself. Now let’s say take another situation where you have a more substantial or a significant injury, I would not recommend that you do that for a variety of reasons. Number one, you have to make sure that you go to the proper treatment providers and that those treatment providers are going to actually support your case and that’s really where the expertise of an attorney, a good qualified personal injury attorney will come into play.
In that situation, you’ve been hurt, you may need other further medical treatment yes, you do need to hire a lawyer in that case. If you have questions about whether you need to hire a lawyer in your case, your injury case especially let’s say for example I’m just using a very simple example of car accident cases where you may not have to but certainly if you’ve been involved in a medical malpractice case or anything like that, you certainly need to get counsel on those types of cases.
My telephone number 770-792-1000. If you think you need to hire a lawyer please call me at 770-792-1000.