Nobody wakes up on an average morning and expects to be involved in an accident. We all think we’re savvy to the everyday dangers of the world and we all think that personal injuries only happen to other people – and we will all go on thinking in this way, right up until the day that we are struck down in an accident beyond our control. In the immediate aftermath of a personal injury, your friends and family may tell you half-truths about your rights that give you food for thought.
First, they might tell you that you are most likely entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. So far, so good. This is indeed correct in any case of personal injury that was not your fault.
Second, someone might tell you that by speaking to a personal injury lawyer, and by involving a lawyer in your case, you are needlessly giving away part of your compensation award in lawyer fees, when you could just as easily represent yourself. This is where the facts start to become fiction. This article looks into personal injury claims, such as those covered by Jacksonville Beach personal injury lawyer and the benefits of legal representation.
Why do I need a lawyer?
In the early stages of any claim, certain protocols must be observed. These protocols exist for a reason, as they revolve heavily around the methodical procedures that have been developed to inform all relevant parties of your side’s grievances and intentions.
Where not carried out correctly, a plaintiff cannot expect to be able to file a case with the courts, as none of the so-called ‘leg-work’ will be in place in support of the claim. Put simply, if you do not know the correct procedures in beginning a claim, you cannot progress to a stage where your claim will be heard (let alone to a stage where your case will be won).
Can I go it alone midway through?
Once your claim is underway, the aim is to achieve a sort of build up to checkmate that leaves the other side with few sensible options other than to agree to an out of court settlement.
This means that you need to present evidence and value your claim in a way that ‘corners’ the other side into a realisation that any continuation of the case in which things progress to court would be a waste of their own time and money.
In conclusion, then, winning your case requires procedural knowledge and a flare for communicating your grievances and demands. If you don’t have these skills, always speak to a lawyer instead.
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