Do I Need a Lawyer?

You may not need a lawyer. Sounds a little silly, doesn’t it?  

After all, as a personal injury lawyer, I make a living by representing clients.  Obviously I can’t earn any money when I tell a potential client she doesn’t need me.  So what’s the deal?  Well, it’s actually quite simple – it’s the right thing to do.  I got into this line of work because I was tired of watching insurance companies take advantage of the injured.  To me, it’s hypocritical if I take on a client’s case and end up costing that client money, instead of making her money.

Let me explain further.  I represent clients with all types of varying injuries. 

Sometimes the client’s injuries are relatively minor and resolve with little treatment in a short period of time. 

Other times, the client’s injuries are much more severe and take years to treat and may never resolve, even with the best of treatment.  I work on a contingent fee – this means that I only get paid at the resolution of the case if I get you money to compensate you for what you have been through.  To me, part of my job is to get you more money than you would have received without a lawyer.  I’m always confident that I can do just that.  But sometimes, the “how much more” depends on a lot of factors.

Example: After hearing about your crash and injuries, let’s say I believe the insurance adjuster would offer you $5,000 even without an attorney.  Let’s further assume that I think with my expertise, based upon the facts and the medical records, I believe I could get you a few thousand more from the adjuster or from a jury at trial.  After I take my 1/3 contingent fee, and add in the expenses of litigation, you likely would have been better off resolving the case without my involvement.

I am always up front with my potential clients. 

I explain that some claims simply don’t merit the involvement of an attorney and I wouldn’t feel right getting involved.  This in no way means that you don’t have a valid claim – you probably do- but it is likely in your best interests to resolve the claim on your own and avoid attorney fees.  Other times, however, the involvement of an attorney can have a substantial impact on the amount of recovery.  If you have been hurt and would like to talk to an attorney about your rights and likelihood of success, please contact Tapella & Eberspacher anytime at 855-522-5291.  

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