For anyone that has been involved in a potential San Diego personally injury accident case the issue of legal representation eventually comes up. A victim frequently asks herself whether a lawyer is really necessary for her personal injury accident case. The decision to hire a lawyer to represent you in your San Diego personal injury accident case is a highly personal decision and should be made after carefully weighing the pros and cons of attempting to handle the case without legal representation. The San Diego personal injury team at Ledger & Associates would like to help you make that decision by offering the following information for your consideration.The first thing you may want to consider when deciding whether or not to hire a personal injury attorney for your accident is whether or not negligence is clear. Negligence is the legal term used to refer to fault or blame in the accident. A plaintiff (person injured) cannot recover any compensation if the defendant was not negligent. Although you may feel that the defendant was clearly negligent, or at fault, he may not agree. More importantly his insurance company may not agree. Make sure you do not speak to the insurance company until you have made the decision about hiring legal counsel as anything you say to the agent may be used to avoid responsibility on behalf of the defendant. You may also want to take into account the severity of the accident. Accidents where the defendant was clearly at fault and where the victim’s injuries were minimal are the best scenario for a victim to attempt to represent herself. If the injuries were serious or complex then the help of a San Diego personal injury accident attorney may be necessary. You only have one shot at receiving the compensation that you are entitled to as a result of the injuries you have suffered. If you accept a settlement offer for less than the value of your injuries then you are stuck with the amount of compensation that you settled for and cannot ask for more in most cases. With an experienced San Diego personal injury attorney such as Emery Ledger handling your case, you can be assured that the true value of your injuries will be taken into account when the time comes to settle your case or when the case is presented to a jury.
Finally, if you believe that your case may not be settled out of court for any reason, then the assistance of a seasoned personal injury trial team like the staff at The Ledger Law Firm-San Diego can make the difference between walking away with nothing and leaving the court with the compensation you are entitled to as a result of the defendant’s negligence.
If you would like a free and detailed evaluation of your case fro the team at The Ledger Law Firm-San Diego to help you decide whether or not to hire legal counsel, please contact them at (619) 550-3593.
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San Diego, CA 92101