Nobody expects to be in an accident—let alone get injured in an accident—but when it does happen, you may be asking yourself a lot of questions, including, “Can I settle an injury claim on my own?”
Technically, yes, you can settle an injury claim on your own. However, settling on your own is tough when you have no experience in handling an injury claim. For example, if the plumbing in your home has gone awry, would you want to fix it yourself or get a plumber?
Maybe if it were a minor problem, a quick fix, you could do it yourself. But what if, after you made that quick fix, your pipes break again, this time flooding your entire kitchen. Now you have bad plumbing and a ruined kitchen.
Getting injured in an accident and settling without an attorney may seem like a quick fix. You may get a few hundred dollars from the insurance company and fix that ache in your back. But what if that ache comes back in a few months? What if that seemingly minor pain turns out to be a herniated disc, requiring an expensive medical procedure? Since you’ve already gotten a check from the insurance company, they won’t be writing you another one.
Just like with plumbing, it’s best to talk to the experts before bigger problems arise. This is why we offer free legal advice to anyone who calls us. We’ll help you identify the possibility of a bigger problem, even when it may seem minor at the time.
To avoid making a mountain out of a molehill, we recommend taking action from the get-go. Here are our tips for steps you should take after an accident, whether you plan on hiring an attorney or not.
For more advice on whether or not you should settle your own claim, listen to Episode #6 of the Zanes Law Podcast, which addresses this question directly.