If you live in the Midland area, you already know that you are living in one of the safest places in all of Texas to live, work, and play. Unfortunately, as the personal injury and accident lawyer at the Doan Law Firm of Midland will confirm, accidents and accidental injuries will sometimes involve even the most safety-conscious individuals and families.
After an accident resulting in injury, many people are unaware of their legal rights when it comes to “what do I do now?” In most cases an accident victim will talk to a Midland-Odessa car accident lawyer who will agree to represent the victim at all stages of a personal injury case.
This by far the best course of action following an accident for several reasons:
However, in a relatively small number of cases, an accident victim will decide that they “don’t need a lawyer” because they can “handle everything myself and pocket the money that I would have paid some lawyer.” To an insurance adjuster, the words “I’m representing myself” come very close to being a literal interpretation of the phrase “music to one’s ears.”
In many such cases, an accident victim acting as his or her own Midland-Odessa personal injury lawyer will accept what their insurance carrier’s adjuster presents as his or her employer’s “generous settlement offer.” The “living room lawyer” has their car repaired, a few emergency room and doctor’s bills are paid, and the self-appointed lawyer signs a document releasing both the policy holder and the insurance company from any further liability related to the injury. Once a “release” is signed, the accident victim has given up the right to seek additional compensation at some point in the future. Let’s review some of (the many) reasons that acting as one’s own attorney is a mistake.
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