Sometimes a personal injury case lacks any complicating factors. At times, a claimant has developed negotiating skills by completing certain tasks in his or her own occupation. On rare occasions it makes sense to handle a personal injury case on your own. Still, that approach invites risks.
The risk of failing to attain the proper level of assertiveness
Personal injury lawyers in Calgary have learned how to argue for their clients. Unfortunately, not every client has that same skill. If you want to handle a case on your own, then you should know how to argue, appropriately for yourself.In a courtroom, an appropriate argument is one that acknowledges respect for the judge. Claimants that speak-up too loudly risk the chance of annoying the judge. That makes it hard for them to win their case.
The Risk of Wanting to Stop Negotiating
It requires effort to negotiate effectively with an opposing party. Some people like to negotiate a good deal. Others tend to give up, and let the other party have their way. If you belong in the latter group, then you should not handle your own personal injury claim.
The Risk of Assuming a Lack of Injuries
Did you see a doctor within 24 hours after the accident? If you did not, how can you be sure that you have no injuries? If you do have an injury, how will you be sure when it has healed completely?
Good lawyers tell their clients not to negotiate with the insurance company until they have attained the state of maximum medical improvement. Can you hold-off any pressure to negotiate until you have recovered to that point?
The Risk of Not Clarifying the Effects of Your Injury
Lawyers tend to seek information on how an injury has caused a client to suffer pain. Yet not all injuries cause a victim to experience ongoing or recurring pain. An injury might create problems other than pain.
Sometimes, too, the presence of an injury can be difficult to detect. That can be true if it has affected the performance of an implanted device. At times, only a medical professional can appreciate the extent to which that particular device has exhibited a poor level of performance.
This risk becomes most important if an employee feels the need to seek short-term disability coverage. The doctor that performs the independent exam may not note the implanted device’s failure to work as intended.
That is one reason why it pays to hire a lawyer. A good attorney has connections with specialists in various fields, including specialists in the medical community. An insurance company finds hard to fight the word of a specialist, even if a claimant cannot clarify the effects of an injury.