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Samantha- Mr. Kelly. I’d like to know when you recommend hiring an attorney after a car accident and in what situations you need an attorney and in which situations you can avoid hiring an attorney and just work with the insurance company?
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– We’re with John Kelly, John is a Personal Injury Attorney in Phoenix, Arizona. He’s agreed to answer an online question, that was posted. So John, let’s get into the question. This question was posted from Samantha. It’s related to when she should hire an attorney for a car accident. So, her question was, “Mr. Kelly, “I’d like to know when you recommend hiring an attorney, “after a car accident, “and what situations you need an attorney; “and in what situations you can avoid hiring an attorney “and just work with the insurance company directly?”
– Okay, thank you Samantha, for the question. It’s a good question and Samantha’s actually ahead of the game, a little bit, in understanding that there are cases and she’s smart to ask that it may make sense to represent yourself. There are a lot of factors though, that you wanna look at, before you make that decision. So I’ve kinda laid out some of these factors, that I think people who were considering representing themselves, should look at. And if they apply to them they may want to move forward in that way. So one of the things that I first would look at is what type of case they have. So if we’re talking about an auto accident; pedestrian accident; something simple, that is very easy to explain; doesn’t have a lot of parties involved, that’s a candidate for a case that you may be able to represent yourself in. Cases that are difficult to represent yourself in, medical malpractice; you do not want to proceed forward, typically, by yourself in a medical malpractice case. Lots of times experts are needed, there’s a lot of complicating statutes that get involved in that kind of thing. Any kind of case that’s, say a wrongful death; very serious injuries and we’ll talk about that; you know, things that probably a little bit of common sense but if it’s a simple auto accident; maybe a rear end accident, that’s a type of case that you may be able to represent yourself in. Then we gotta go to the next factor, which is, how severe are the injuries? So, if we have a case that has what we call soft-tissue injuries, as opposed to broken bones; head trauma; spinal cord injuries; severe burns; you know, anything that required hospitalization and surgery; those kind of cases, you would not probably want to represent yourself. But if you’re talking, you know, whiplash; little back pain; something that doesn’t require a lot of medical expenses, that’s another type of case that you may be able to represent yourself and get a good result with. You always have to keep in mind these insurance companies they wanna minimize the amount that they pay out, for your claim. There’s a lotta good adjusters out there, and some of ’em are honest; but there’s a lotta adjusters that want to minimize the amount that they’re paying out so that they can save their boss money, their boss’ boss’ boss money really. You know, and these are big corporations and they have bottom line. And so that’s what they’re looking out for. You’re looking out for your own interest and sometimes cutting out the attorney’s fees is something that you want to consider. The final thing, or one of the other ones I guess, and there’s two other things is what are the medical expenses? And we kinda talked about that, with the severity of the injuries. If you have a hospital visit, that visit alone typically is well over a 1,000 dollars and sometimes is up to 20.000, 30,000, 100,000 dollars and beyond. Obviously if you have a hospital visit, and it’s thousands of dollars, that lean alone may warrant having an attorney get involved to see if he can reduce those bills. There’s health insurance that gets involved.