Can I represent myself in court while pursuing claims for a car accident? Do I have to hire legal help and an attorney to present my case and pursue compensation for my injuries and property damage? These are common questions that people ask themselves following an injury causing automobile accident, and the answer is that yes, individuals can represent their claims in court via pro se representation. As of 2007, approximately 25% of judges in Kansas heard at least one case per day presented by a pro se litigant and the Wichita Bar estimated that approximately 33% of individuals using the library's services were individuals representing themselves in both family and civil matters including car accident claims. However, while individuals have the right to pursue compensation on their own, it is not advisable. This is because there are many nuances to the law which the individual may not be aware of. These nuances can leave someone exposed to significant financial liability down the road. It is difficult to explain how bad taking over a pro se case can be. I routinely get calls by people that file their own cases in court and then I see what they failed to allege and it may be impossible to get a judge to allow amendment of the claims to meet the basic elements of their particular case. If that happens, the case can be dismissed and lost. Thus, always get legal advice from a lawyer, attorney or abogado that has experience in car accidents, truck accidents, semi accidents, motorcycle and other vehicular accidents.
The first question individuals need to ask is whether the other individual or their insurance company admits liability for the car accident. This admission by the defense attorney is a trick that may make you not be able to put evidence of how bad the driver's negligence and conduct was and if you have a case you need to ask your attorney if the defense attorney is admitting fault because it may harm your case. You want to show that the other driver failed to obey speed limits, drove intoxicated or left the scene after a hit and run. The defense attorney who is smart will try to admit fault and keep this out.
Personal injury lawyers, attorneys and abogados are experienced at establishing fault in an automobile accident and are familiar with the defenses presented by the other side. Most car accidents are more complex than they appear and establishing fault requires a thorough understanding of the traffic and insurance laws.
While it can seem relatively easy to establish the immediate financial cost of an automobile accident, calculating the long-term costs and losses stemming from the accident is more difficult. One of the greatest risks pro se litigants face is underestimating the long-term loss of income and costs of medical care. Many pro se litigants settle for amounts that are far less than they will need to cover these losses and expenses. Hiring legal help allows the individual to present reliable estimates to the court of the long-term financial consequences of the accident. This helps protect the individual and their finances from the need to cover these expenses out-of-pocket. The more severe the injuries, the greater the potential becomes for serious financial harm. In fact, medical bills and other expenses stemming from accidents are the leading causes of bankruptcy filings in the US. Settling for fair and reasonable compensation to cover these expenses helps protect individuals from this and other negative financial outcomes.
Securing legal help and representation is also more expedient. A personal injury attorney or personal injury lawyer is familiar with the state statutes of limitations, filing requirements, and the legal language required to pursue a personal injury claim following an automobile accident. This knowledge usually ensures faster settlement and reduces the potential for negative outcomes including missed filing deadlines or having the case dismissed or appealed due to legal errors.
Brad Pistotnik Law ensures that clients have the legal help they need to pursue claims following automobile accidents in McPherson, Wichita, Garden City, Liberal, Dodge City, Goodland, Hays, Colby, Manhattan, Kearney, Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Rapids, Kansas City, Chicago, Springfield, Decatur, Junction City, Augusta, Salina, and elsewhere in Kansas, Nebraska, Illinois, and Missouri. Our office makes it possible for clients to pursue their claims and secure the compensation they are entitled to following there accident.
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