Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney? By Brian Lee Nash, Esq.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident or other injury due to someone else’s negligence, you might be dealing with this scenario: I had a client call the other day and was leaning towards representing herself. She was very smart and articulate and well organized. These are the very characteristics of my ideal client. We had a conversation similar to this post.
She was never in a car accident before, never went to law school and had a pretty good grasp on what was going on thus far in her case. She was going to the chiropractor and other doctors for about 2 months and said she was waiting to decide whether to hire a lawyer until after she was done being treated. Below is the gist of our conversation:
Do I need to hire Personal Injury Attorney Nash if I have been in a crash?
Whether you hire me or another personal injury lawyer, the answer is YES!!! Yes, you need to hire a personal injury attorney. There are 4 main reasons the answer is a resounding YES!
1) Statute of Limitations. There are time limits to actually filing a lawsuit, these time limits are called statute of limitations. Attorneys know these and are responsible for making sure you don’t miss these. Typically, your attorney will open a claim, help you get treatment and recover and then will file a demand packet with the insurance company and negotiate a settlement. If a settlement can’t be reached the attorney prepares the complaint and other documents such as interrogatories (asking the other side to answer questions in writing) and requests for what is referred to as a “discovery’. It would be difficult for anyone without training to make sure you file your complaint correctly to protect your case, hire an expert. This is not an area to be cheap.
2) Attorneys are experienced and have specialized training. What do you do for a living? How long have you been doing it? Did you go to college? Do you have specialized training? Would you recommend that I do your job myself if I needed it done one time? That is the second reason I don’t recommend people handle their own personal injury case, the haven’t been trained to handle legal matters much less a specialized area such as personal injury. Attorneys typically go to 4 years of college, three years of law school and then have many years of practice in their specific field. You definitely want to hire an attorney like me that only handles personal injury.
3) You don’t have the time. Most likely you have a job, are a parent and busy with your kids or just busy in general. You also aren’t set up to handle the nuances and tedious nature of personal injury cases. Some of the frustrating parts of personal injury cases are obtaining the medical bills and records. It can be frustrating to try to figure all this out one time, it will for sure take you twice as long if not longer than it would my firm because we handle so many cases and have proven systems that get results.
4) Money. Hiring an attorney, usually on a contingent fee bases (they get a percentage of any settlement or verdict versus paying them hourly or a flat fee) usually gets you a hire settlement or verdict than you could get on your own. So you don’t have to spend your time learning personal injury cases you will only have to use once and you can get the same or more money. It more than makes sense to hire a personal injury attorney.
Why you need to hire Personal Injury Attorney Nash!
There you have it, four main reasons you need to hire Nash if you or loved one has been in a crash or injured by someone else. Don’t wait, make the decision and contact me. I look forward to meeting you and helping you in this stressful time.
In a Crash? Call Nash!
Brian Lee Nash, Attorney
About Brian Lee Nash
Brian Lee Nash is the founder and managing attorney at Nashville’s Premier Personal Injury Attorney. His most famous ads feature the phrase, “In a Crash? Call Nash!”. His passion is fighting for the rights of those injured by someone else. Besides zealously advocating for his clients he is a single parent, a board member of the Franklin Family YMCA, plays guitar and write songs, enjoys the outdoors and Preds games.