Accidents: Can I Handle a Case By Myself?


A common question by people injured in “minor” car accidents is, do I need a lawyer? The answer is, you don’t need a lawyer to resolve an injury claim, but you do so at your own peril. Insurance adjusters are trained to negotiate claims. Their goal is to settle the case for as little as possible. 


First, an experienced lawyer can help you find the best treatment for your injury. In our experience, most car accident victims do not know who to go to after an incident. They don’t know who the quality medical providers are. As a result, they don’t get the medical treatment they deserve, and their recovery is delayed if not adversely affected by incompetent or unnecessary care. 

Also, many people don’t have health insurance. We can help you get the medical attention you need from those who work on a lien. A lien means the provider will provide you with quality care if you promise in writing to pay the provider once your case settles. You don’t have to worry about paying your bills upfront. You can concentrate on getting better. 

Second, you need a professional who knows how to evaluate cases. Many factors go into the value of a case. As former insurance attorneys, we know those factors. We know how to maximize the value of a claim, so you get the compensation you deserve.

Third, we know how to present your case to the insurance adjuster effectively.  For almost 30 years, we worked with insurance companies. We understand the facts they consider essential. We also know the weaknesses the adjusters look for to minimize a settlement. 

Fourth, you need an experienced lawyer who knows the value of a case. We have settled a lot of cases. The settlement value of our cases ranged from thousands of dollars to millions of dollars. We know how to value an injury claim, so you know you are getting maximum compensation. 

Fifth, as trial lawyers, we know how a case will be received by a jury. We know the strengths and weaknesses of a claim.  We see what wins and what doesn’t win at trial. We are in a position to assess your claim and what it will cost to move forward with litigation. We make sure you don’t spend unnecessary money fighting a case.  We help you make the right decision to maximize your compensation. 


Many people think hiring a lawyer is not worth it. However, not hiring a lawyer can cost you a lot more than you think. If you have been injured in a car collision, schedule a free consultation with MCIS so you can decide if you really need a lawyer.