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Why you need a lawyer
Similar to how illnesses often necessitate the treatment of a doctor, legal issues often require the expertise and guidance of an attorney. Like medicine, law is complex, specialized and constantly evolving. Understanding laws, as well as legal systems and processes, not only takes years of studying and an advanced degree. It requires continuing education to ensure that attorneys are aware of new laws and stay abreast of changes to existing laws.
Although the increasing availability of legal services on the internet has made it easier to access basic legal information, these services are no substitute for the expert advice of a licensed, local attorney. Typically, online legal services offer only national perspectives, whereas local attorneys are able to provide clients with market-specific, regional insight and the personalized guidance needed to resolve a particular legal issue.
While self-representation in personal injury and workers’ compensation cases may work for some, studies show that representing yourself, or “Pro Se” (the official term for legal self-representation), can result in costly mistakes and unfavorable outcomes. Consider these findings:
- Research suggests that individuals who suffer a personal injury and obtain legal representation are more likely to receive a payment than those without a lawyer.
- Another study, focused on automobile insurance claims, found that legal representation is one of the strongest predictors of recovery amounts.
- Studies drawing on a multi-state database of closed automobile insurance claims estimated that claimants who were represented by attorneys had a higher probability of receiving payment for general damages as well as a higher average payment.