A Woman Just Came To Me for Legal Representation After She Screwed Up Her Own Personal Injury Case Trying To Represent Herself and Wanted Me to Cure Her Big Mistakes
There is an old phrase that says “he or she who represents themself has a fool for a client.” Even as an experienced Pennsylvania medical malpractice, car accident, and catastrophic injury lawyer, I would not dare to represent myself if I were involved in an accident. When one attempts to represent themselves, one becomes emotional and lose objectivity. In this difficult economy many people are attempting to represent themselves against insurance carriers trying to squeeze a few more dollars out. What these people fail to realize is that many of the best personal injury lawyers will not charge a fee unless they have a successful outcome and the best injury lawyers will normally advance all costs and expenses necessary for the successful prosecution of the case.
Recently, a client came to my office after she notified the carrier that she would accept a minimal dollar amount in a case that was worth (in the hands of a skilled and experienced catastrophic injury lawyer) at least 20 to 30 times her demand. Additionally, there was spoliation of evidence and a proper investigation was not conducted by the individual, really screwing up the foundation of the case. By the time she contacted our office, there was a minimal amount of time prior to the statute of limitations expiring and I had to make a calculated decision whether or not to get involved in representing this client and prosecuting her claim. Frankly, I decided it was not worth the effort and that if there was a problem, the client would probably not hesitate to blame me for the mistakes that she had made on her own in an attempt to save money. Not only did she cost herself a lot of money by representing herself, she is now having a difficult time convincing any other injury lawyer to take her case. One should easily understand the advantage of hiring an experienced lawyer who has handled thousands upon thousands of cases versus one attempting to go at it alone as a novice. Experience matters when it comes to a successful recovery.
The Pennsylvania serious injury law firm of Reiff & Bily has been representing thousands of victims of catastrophic injuries, medical malpractice and car accidents since 1979 with a successful track record. We are reviewed online by other attorneys as well as by clients with honest testimonials. We always offer a free, no obligation consultation, and of course, if we decide to take your case, we will represent you for free if we do not make a recovery on your behalf. We call this our no recovery, zero fee guarantee. Of course, we will not take a case if we do not think we can win it and henceforth, we are selective in the cases that we decide to accept.