Pursuing a Car Accident Claim on Your Own in Florida
It is possible to represent yourself if you already have experience handling your own legal matters. However, you should consider a couple of things before deciding to go it alone:
Do you know who was at fault?
Is it clear the defendant was to blame for your accident? Maybe you have a witness or two to back up the story? If this is the case, you may be able to get a decent settlement on your own. But as far as more serious accidents go it’s easy for that facts to get confused. If it’s unclear who was at fault the results that follow can be a toss-up. The defense could put up more of a fight and may blame you saying you weren’t paying attention. In this situation, it’s worth it to hire a car accident lawyer.
How bad was your accident?
If you were in a car accident with very minor injuries and minimal damage, filing a claim with your insurance or the other person’s should suffice. For minor accidents, this should cover car repairs and medical expenses.
But what if you were severely injured?
The stakes are higher for all parties involved if you’ve been in a major car accident and had costly medical treatment. Usually, the defendant (who is more than likely the other person’s insurance company) will fight tooth and nail to refrain from paying out a large amount.
This would be a good reason to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. Based on a 1999 study by the Insurance Research Council, represented plaintiffs on average receive settlements that are 3 ½ times larger than those without legal assistance.