As the saying goes, “You get what you pay for.”  This is never more true than when you try to represent yourself in an injury claim.  I always ask clients, “If you went into the neurosurgeon and he told you that you have a brain tumor that needs to be removed would you say I think I will do that myself.”? The same idea applies when dealing with insurance companies.  Here are just a few of the reasons why:

  • There are written and unwritten rules and procedures to processing and settling a claim for maximum value.  Our attorneys know how to play the game and win.
  • The medical testing and treatment you receive for your injury is critical and has to be presented to the insurance company in a specific way.
  • Your “gap in treatment”, as the insurance companies call it, will affect your settlement.
  • The insurance company will tell you what to do and get you to play by their rules.  Everything they will tell you to do benefits them and most of it is inadequate with regards to getting you the proper treatment you need.
  • You will try to settle to early only to find out months later you have a serious medical condition.  A condition that would have been properly diagnosed by the right doctor.  A competent attorney and staff knows how to handle this situation and get you to the right doctors.
  • You will need funds to put your case together which includes, but is not limited to, doctors, medical tests and investigators.  The average person does not have these extra funds nor knows how to put this together successfully.

Again, these are just a few reasons.  As the other saying goes “he who represents himself has a fool for a client.”   Bottom line, don’t do it.  Statistics have shown that an attorney who knows what they are doing and specializes in injury cases and claims can get you more money in your pocket that you can on your own.