This question comes up often; the answer is that in almost all cases, you should hire a personal injury attorney. Please note that you should NOT hire just any attorney or someone who practices family law as they are not specialists in personal injury law. If the case is very small (meaning you paid less than $500.00 to have your car fixed and you don’t have any injuries), then it may not make sense to hire an attorney. However, you may not have a lot of property damage but still sustained injuries; in that case, you will need to be properly represented. The automobile insurance industry knows that if you don’t hire an attorney, they won’t have to pay a fair amount for your claim if you don’t know what its value is. These companies are counting on you trying to handle this yourself; if you do, just be aware that in most cases, you will NOT get the maximum value of your case. If you are not sure what to do or who to hire, you can always contact the State Bar Association to ask for a referral.
Should I settle my own accident claim or hire an attorney?