Can I handle my own claim? Why should I hire a lawyer
You may have heard of situations where someone went up against the big insurance company and settled their own case, without a lawyer. You may have spoken with an adjuster who reminded you that you have to share anything you recover from the claim with a lawyer. What you do not hear is what they do not know. On average, a lawyer recovers more for a claim than an indivdual on their own. A lawyer is also more likely to recover when there is a disagreement about who is at fault. Lawyers are also trained to present your case to a jury, if it comes down to it. You can buy a house without a realtor, and buy stock without the help of a broker too.
A lawyer has a duty to his clients to put his client's interests first and to zealously advocate for his client. The insurance company adjsuter does not have responsibility of value to an injured claimant - they are only interested in settling that claim for as little money as possible.
If you already have an offer to settle you case from the insurance company and want to know if it's fair, call me for a free, no obligation consultation about the offer. If I think it is a fair offer and I do not see a way for me to get you a better deal, I will tell you for free.
What to expect when you give a deposition
I put this video together to give my clients a bit of an introduction to a few of the things that might come up in a deposition. It is no replacement for all of the preparation that should be done before giving your deposition, but it helps save time so we can focus on the real preparation.
Occasionally, I am hired by other lawyers to help prepare clients and experts to give deposition testimony. Feel free to give me a call if you have questions about giving a deposition.