“A person that represents himself has a fool for a client” – Abraham Lincoln. Many people who were injured in a car accident, often try and handle their case themselves before contacting a personal injury lawyer. This often results in mistakes that cannot be undone. Whether it is your own insurance company or the adverse driver’s carrier, you are risking your financial and physical well-being by taking them on without an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side.
Kentucky automobile insurance can be very complex, especially if you are not familiar with the “no-fault” system. Early mistakes with directing no-fault payments cannot be undone. Likewise, Kentucky law has strict notice requirements when settling liability claims that if not followed, could cost you the entire value of your underinsured motorist benefits policy.
It is also vitally important to preserve evidence early in a case that otherwise will be lost. Cell phone data, video surveillance, black box data, and physical evidence from the accident scene are just a few examples.
Most importantly, the insurance industry itself (Insurance Research Council) conducted a study that shows injured claimants who hire an attorney recover almost three-and-a-half times more, even after attorney’s fees are paid, than those without an attorney.
An experienced and capable personal injury attorney should meet with you at no charge and will be able to provide you valuable advice and guidance even if they do not take your case. It is best to talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer so you at least can make an informed decision about whether to hire a lawyer or go it alone.
Christopher W. Goode, is a nationally recognized trial attorney and founder of Goode Law Office PLC. While his practice is diverse, he is committed to only representing injured individuals from automobile collisions to nursing home neglect and abuse to product liability claims. He is a past president of the Fayette County Bar Association and is a frequent speaker on legal topics. Chris currently serves as a District Vice President for the Kentucky Justice Association. He can be reached at [email protected] or www.goodelawyers.com.