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Why Should I Hire an Attorney?

This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by Founding Partner, Terry Crouppen who has more than 40 years of legal experience as a personal injury attorney. Our last modified date shows when this page was last reviewed.


After being in an accident, you may be asking yourself, “why should I hire an attorney?” It’s a valid question with a straightforward answer.  It’s in your best interest because you’re not an attorney. The opposing side is an insurance company filled with attorneys that are trained to protect their client.

We know what you’re thinking: “I can do it myself.” Hey, we respect the initiative. If you’ve got a leaky pipe, you don’t immediately call the plumber. You grab a wrench and you take a crack at it yourself. But imagine, instead of a small leak you’ve got a foot of standing water. At that point, it is time to call a professional with expertise in that field. The law can be every bit as complicated. But in the law, it’s not always easy to tell if you’ve got a minor problem on your hands or a major one. As attorneys, we can, and we will fight to repair the damage.

Remember how an insurance company does business; they collect premiums and it all goes in their bucket. A lot of people think: pay into the bucket, people file claims, money comes out of the bucket, and everyone’s happy, right? Wrong. Here’s something they don’t want you to know. The insurance company wants all that money to stay in the bucket.


Attorneys have the know-how to get you an amount you deserve. Also keep in mind a personal injury case isn’t one negotiation; it’s a whole series of negotiations between the insurance company, auto repair shop, doctor, hospital, specialist, etc. The list goes on and there is a professional on the opposite side of every one of those negotiations. You don’t need to be a sports fan to know the pros always beat the amateurs.

To ensure that a fair amount for your settlement goes to everyone involved, especially you, you need a professional on your side. Maybe you don’t want to hire an attorney because it doesn’t feel right. You say, “Accidents happen; forgive and forget. I can take care of this on my own.” But, consider if your kid accidentally throws a ball through the neighbor’s window, what do you do? Sure, you make the kid apologize, but then you offer to pay for the window. People make amends for the damage they cause. That’s just what is fair. When you hire a personal injury attorney, you’re not trying to go after people. You’re just trying to make things fair.

The benefits of having an attorney almost always mean a significantly bigger settlement.


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