More often than not it’s not a good idea to try to represent yourself in any legal matter. When it comes to trying to handle your personal injury case on your own, it’s a really bad idea.
Here are just 3 things you should think about if you are thinking of representing yourself in your personal injury case.
- Are you well enough to litigate your claim?
Any type of litigation is stressful. To handle your personal injury claim you must not only be able to understand complex legal concepts, rules, and procedures, but you need to be able to negotiate with the insurance companies. People who have recently undergone the stress and shock of a car or other accident are rarely physically or emotionally well enough to take on the added stress of litigation —especially if they are trying to handle it themselves.
- Do you know the law?
Handling a personal injury case requires that you know the applicable law. For example, in Georgia, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury action is 2 years from the date of the accident.
You not only need to know what the statute of limitations is, but how to strategize around when to file your action.
In addition, you will need to understand Georgia’s at-fault and contributory negligence rules. You will also need to know what evidence you will need to prove your case and how to get it.
- Pain and Suffering.
If you want to make a claim against the negligent party’s insurance company for your pain and suffering, among other things, you will need to know:
- How to calculate your pain and suffering
- What documents you need to prove it, and
- How to demand payment from the insurance company.
You will need to write a demand letter to the insurance company discussing the extent of your pain and suffering as well as what value you put on your pain and suffering.
These are just 3 factors you should consider if you are thinking about representing yourself in your personal injury case. There are plenty more. But we hope that by now you are beginning to see that having an experienced personal injury attorney handle your personal injury case will save you time, money, and stress; and will maximize your recovery.
Personal Injury Attorneys in Cumming, Georgia.
The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark Weinstein, P.C., are here to help you. We serve clients in Atlanta, and in several counties throughout Georgia, including: Clayton County, Cobb County, Dekalb County, Douglas County, Fulton County, and Paulding County, among others. To find out how we can help you, call us at: 770-888-7707. Or contact us here.