The simplest answer to why you should hire an attorney is because you don’t know the law as intimately as an attorney. You never will know the law like an experienced, skilled, highly knowledgeable and licensed attorney.
The problem with a great many legal cases these days is that there are so many ins and outs, rules and regulations, exceptions and exclusions that it makes one’s head spin. This is precisely what hiring an attorney avoids.
Hiring an attorney is having a team player on your side that will go to bat for your rights and freedoms, seek justice when there has been a wrong committed and assist you in understanding just what your rights are under the law. Unfortunately, not many people really understand what their legal rights happen to be when it comes to personal injuries.
The area of personal injury law is complex and many of the cases we see are difficult because many of the cases are of the “he said/she said variety.” In order to swing the balance in favor of the client, a competent and hardworking personal injury attorney will go to the mat and leave no stone unturned in pursuit of the truth. This may mean higher personal injury damage awards, the redress of a wrong and justice for the client.
Many people make the mistake of thinking they can handle legal matters themselves and thus avoid paying legal fees. Others are afraid of lawyers and the court system and feel they can better represent themselves than some strange attorney. Neither one of these points of view are accurate.
While a non-attorney is able to represent themselves in court, it will not be with the same authority and ability as a skilled attorney who knows the relevant law. Non-attorney’s have no idea how to handle all the technicalities of the legal system, nor do they have a grasp of some of the most common instruments that attorneys deal with daily – the Constitution, the Penal code, the Statute of Limitations, etc.
Personal injury attorneys know how to prepare evidence based argument; the kind required for personal injury cases. Doing this means collecting items such as photos, medical records and even police statements. This is not something readily accessible by the general public.
Having the training and the skills to handle courtroom procedures, deal with rules of evidence, find weak spots in the defendant’s case and adhering to courtroom rules as outlined by the judge are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to having a top-notch attorney handling your case.
Never sacrifice quality, knowledge, skill, training and legal expertise for a few dollars saved when you could conversely be handed a much larger award thanks to your attorney’s representation.