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Generally speaking, yes. It depends on what you are looking for in the case. If you are merely seeking payment of co-pays or medical bills that have been incurred, you may be able to obtain that without the need for an attorney. However, the insurance company will make you sign a release before they give you ANY money. If you are concerned that you may have problems in the future or that your injuries may have set you up for future injury, then you should consult an attorney. It is always wise to seek the advice of an attorney before signing any type of release.
You should at least speak with an attorney if you have been involved in an accident. This is important so that you can understand your legal rights and whether you have a case at all. Whether you actually want to bring a claim for your injuries is up to you, but you should understand how an attorney can assist you, the process for bringing a claim and your potential loses or damages associated with your accident. Most people haven’t hired a lawyer before, and many people have a negative perception about injury claims and lawsuits. Unfortunately, those perceptions are based upon the extreme cases that get publicity. Most cases involve ordinary people who need help getting money for doctors’ visits, missed work, new physical impairments and pain/suffering. Your case is about you, and since you are the client you get to make the ultimate decision on how far to take your case. You can consult lawyers and decide not to hire anyone, or hire an attorney and settle the case before any lawsuit is filed, or you can hire a lawyer and take your case all the way to trial. The important thing is to understand what options are available to you. Reading attorney websites is informative but it is a poor substitute to speaking with an attorney and getting specific answers to your specific questions.
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