There’s an old saying to the effect that a lawyer who represents himself represents a fool. What does that make you when you represent yourself in an Orange County personal injury claim, and you’re not even a lawyer?
Preserving and protecting your rights
You have rights that you don’t even know about because you’re not a lawyer. From the moment that you begin representing yourself in a personal injury claim, you’ll start prejudicing your rights. That’s because you’re in an arena that you shouldn’t be in. You don’t know the rules of evidence and how an insurance company can use them against you.
The litigation process
Handling a personal injury claim requires knowledge of both law and procedure. That process involves California state statutes that control procedure in a case, precedential cases, local Orange County regulations and even different procedures required in the courtrooms by different judges. Personal injury litigation is complex. You can lose an entire case by stumbling over or ignoring one single procedural point.
In any personal injury claim, there are costs that you probably can’t afford to keep the case on pace. Those include medical record fees, filing and service fees, court reporter and transcript charges and physician testimony charges. The personal injury attorney ordinarily advances the costs of your claim on your behalf. If the insurer knows that you can’t afford to litigate your case properly, they have you right where they want you.
This fact is supported by statistics. Injured people who retain personal injury attorneys get higher settlements than those who don’t. Even after they’ve paid their attorneys.
This fee arrangement makes hiring an attorney possible for the ordinary guy. You pay nothing until a settlement is reached, or a verdict is awarded. The attorney is paid a portion of whatever compensation they recover for you. There are no out-of-pocket expenses, and you’re not paying an attorney by the hour.
Whether it’s a car accident, a fall at the grocery store or a construction accident, you’ll get your optimum result with Christopher Guldjian and his team of dedicated attorneys by your side.