Can I Settle my Case Without an Attorney?

Do I Need to Hire an Attorney?

There are several cases that do not require hiring an attorney. As much as attorneys like to think we are indispensable, there are many situations people can handle without ever contacting one. Such matters include:

  • Property damage.
  • Rental car issues.
  • Payment of bills.

There is no question that in many situations it is important to converse with an attorney, but sometimes the facts and circumstances do not warrant hiring one. 

What to Ask Yourself Before Hiring an Attorney

Are you prepared to accept any consequences if you make a legal mistake? That is the main question to ask yourself when deciding whether or not to hire an attorney. For instance, if you get a ticket for parking illegally, even if the ticket may not have been fair, you might make the decision that paying the fine is cheaper and more efficient and without consequence such that you decide you can handle it yourself. On the other end of the spectrum, if you are accused of a serious crime where you may go to jail, most people would know they need to talk with an attorney immediately. 

Hiring an Attorney in Automobile Accidents

For auto cases, problems such as property damage and rental car issues are often handled without the necessity of an attorney. 

There is no question that in many situations it is important to converse with an attorney, but sometimes the facts and circumstances do not warrant hiring one.

As a general rule, if you are not injured and there is a police report finding the other driver responsible for a motor vehicle accident, it is not always necessary to have an attorney. Similarly, in slip and fall cases where injuries can be minor, having anattorney may be unnecessary as well. 

The more difficult situation is an accident that seems relatively minor where the injured persons feel that they will get better eventually. This type of case can be a problem later if you haven't at least consulted with an attorney. Major issues can arise if the injuries turn out to be serious. 

For instance, if you are in a car accident and you do not obtain medical treatment within 14 days, then you might not be able to use your no-fault insurance company pay for your medical expenses, even though you paid for them.  

Should I Hire an Attorney for my Workers' Compensation Case?

In job injury cases, we find the overall complexity of the workers' compensation system means that unless the injury is so minor as to not require medical treatment at all, you should generally at least talk to an attorney to understand how the system operates. 

Do You Still Have Questions?

Call 407.648.4940 or contact Coye Law Firm today for a free, private strategy session about your case.

The expert injury attorneys at Coye Law Firm are experienced with Florida, New York, Michigan, and District of Columbia law and are here to help the injured.


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