Not so many years ago, I can recall coming home from high school and turning on the TV. I’d have a snack, I’d do my homework, and within about two hours of having the house to myself, my parents would come home from work.
Fast forward to the modern day and I’m frequently reminded by TV, radio, and social media that I may need a lawyer to step in and resolve all sorts of problems that I had foolishly overlooked. So, what’s going on? Is a lawyer worth it? Or can I handle my own case.
ABC, easy as the guilty party going scot-free
If you have been injured in an accident that you believe not to have been your fault, your circumstances may mean that you are eligible to bring a claim for personal injury compensation. But beware, proper procedure must be followed. Evidence must be gathered.
A letter must be drafted and sent to the accused third party, notifying them of your intention to bring a court case. Where the third-party acknowledges the matter, an out of court settlement is typically soon to follow. Where documents are not in order and are not explanatory, the third-party (and indeed the court) may have every reason to ignore your case, meaning even the most nailed-on of cases may be thrown out. This means that there is a value in hiring a lawyer who can expedite your claim.
Court costs are a stumbling block
Did you know that it costs around ten times your monthly salary just to hire a courtroom for one hour? Just kidding. Then again, I wouldn’t be surprised. Lawyers and courtrooms aren’t cheap. That’s why paying for your case out of your own pocket is as insane as practicing your golf swing on the top of a hill during a lightning storm.
However, most personal injury lawyers work on a no-win no-fee basis, meaning they don’t take on your case unless you’re going to win, and you don’t pay a penny upfront. You know it makes sense.
Interesting related article: “What is an occupational injury?”