An Epidemic of Stupidity

dont be stupidI have noticed a marked increase of persons contacting me to get advice on how they can represent themselves in their own personal injury case.

Some of these winners get on websites that allow consumers to ask questions of attorneys, then they go and try to handle cases on their own without an attorney.

Do these people realize why we personal injury attorneys exist? We exist because for profit insurance companies will simply not give you what you are entitled to 99.9% of the time without an attorney.

The first thing they teach us lawyers in law school is never to represent yourself in a legal matter because you are emotionally biased, and the emotions will adversely affect your ability to handle the case. It is always best to have an independent person represent you in a case.

Aside from the emotional aspects of representing yourself, do these people who want to play attorney and that try to represent themselves realize how complicated a real personal injury case is? Of course not they don’t. It would be close to impossible for an untrained person on their own, to prosecute a personal injury case through the court system without an attorney.

I have been practicing 15 years and I can assure you that I have seen some lawyers who need to go back to school, let alone an untrained person actually doing it.

Personal Injury cases are complicated and no self-help book is going to give you the knowledge you need to handle one of these cases.

I see non-lawyers in Court all of the time getting hammered by Judges and getting sent packing because they did not do their cases right. In some instances non-lawyers get dinged with monetary sanctions against them because they do not know the law.

Then there is the matter of the cheapskates. These are winners who figure in their mind, hell; I am not going to give an attorney a third of my case, so I will take all of the $2,000 the insurance company is going to give me.

They don’t realize that their case might in fact be worth $25,000 to $50,000, and even on the low end, they would have got two thirds of $25,000 or $16,675 with an attorney, as opposed to the $2,000 they got sucked into accepting by the insurance company.

One of my sayings is that it is better to get two thirds of something instead of all of nothing.

To me this is plain stupidity, and there is a lot of it out there lately.

It does not make sense to me why a person would try to handle their own personal injury case without an attorney, when an attorney like me can be retained with no money out of your pocket whatsoever until a recovery is obtained.

The insurance companies are constantly on the lookout for idiots who will accept the half payment of medical bills, or a token 1k to 2k to settle a case that might be worth tens of thousands of dollars, without an attorney.

Any insurance adjuster worth their weight in gold, loves talking to the stupid amongst us who for whatever reason, does not mind screwing themselves out of what they are entitled to by not retaining a personal injury attorney like me.

Don’t be stupid, if you have been injured due to the negligence of another call an attorney, heck, call me.

If you or your family has been injured anywhere in the State of California, you may contact our law firm for a free consultation at 800-816-1529 ext. 1, or submit your case through our website at http://www.therpersonalinjury.com

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2 Responses to An Epidemic of Stupidity

  1. Amen. I practice primarily family law in Texas, though in a previous life I handled insurance defense for several fortune 50 companies and I can say without hesitation, a client who represents himself in court is like a doctor that performs surgery on himself.

    It never ceases to amaze me that people think lawyers just charge a lot to sit there and talk. It looks so easy on TV. The fact is, lawyers go to school not to learn the law, we go to school to learn how to think like lawyers. Trial is a mental chess game, everything said or done is preceded by careful consideration of what the opposing counsel is thinking or will do with that information (how he may try to discredit it, use it, spin it, or simply object to it) and what the trial lawyer will do when his opponent makes that move.

    Here is my analogy (it is important to note, I am 5’10”): I love basketball, I watch college and NBA games, I played in high school (yes small school – small player, I get it) and if Jason Kidd were to offer to play a game of one on one, I would jump at the opportunity. But I would NEVER think for a moment I would win that game. He is (was) paid millions to play the game, he is a professional who has practiced it and learned it so well, he can anticipate my every move before I even consider what I will do next. I will loose that game, I am supposed to loose that game, he is a profession, I am not.

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