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Do I Need a Lawyer for a Personal Injury Case in Mississippi?

Helping you understand the value of retaining an experienced attorney for your personal injury case

If you have suffered an injury in an accident that was the result of negligence on someone else’s part, you may be wondering if you really need to hire an attorney. Why not just file the paperwork yourself and save the expense of paying a lawyer? At the law firm of Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & McCormick, we understand that many people might feel this way, but if you read on, you might get a clear understanding of the value that an experienced personal injury attorney can offer you.

How will I benefit from hiring an attorney?

There are some situations when you really don’t need to hire a personal injury attorney. Most attorneys who accept personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis will not take a case if they don’t feel they can provide enough value to make the expense of hiring them worth it to you. Every case is different, and since most personal injury attorneys offer a free initial consultation, take advantage of that and meet with an attorney to discuss your case. Once you have described the facts of your accident and the extent of your injuries and property damage, a lawyer will be able to advise you of the merits of your case.

If, however, you have been in a serious accident with significant injuries and property damage and liability has not been established, you might consider talking to an attorney about taking your case. If you are dealing with several insurance companies, your medical bills are piling up and you are losing time at work, you need someone to help you.

Your attorney’s knowledge and negotiating skills can net you a more favorable settlement than you could command on your own. The insurance companies are familiar with the attorneys in your state. They know who will most likely settle and who will play hardball. A good personal injury attorney will:

  • Protect your interests against the insurance companies
  • Seek a higher settlement
  • File your claim
  • Present a solid case
  • Give you peace of mind throughout the legal process

With more than 50 years of experience serving the people of Mississippi, the attorneys at 866-461-1591 can advise you about how to proceed with your personal injury case. One of our attorneys can help you make an informed decision about what to do.

What might I be missing if I do not hire an attorney?

When you have a personal injury case with the potential for a significant settlement, there are many things you could miss. Among others, you could jeopardize your case in the following ways:

  • You could miss filing deadlines or the statute of limitations for your type of case.
  • When the insurance company offers you a lowball settlement, you may not know that you can get more.
  • You may not possess the strong negotiating skills necessary to command a fair settlement.
  • You may not be knowledgeable about what your claim is worth.
  • You could end up with a much smaller settlement, or none at all.

Insurance adjusters have a primary goal of paying out as little as they can. If you miss a fling deadline, don’t follow proper procedure or are not familiar with Mississippi’s pure comparative fault principle, you could hurt your chances for any kind of settlement.

What options do I have if I can’t afford to hire an attorney?

You might have decided that it makes sense to hire an attorney for your auto accident case, but you don’t have the money to pay the typical retainer that you’ve heard is required. For personal injury cases, some attorneys will take your case on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not pay anything unless your lawyer obtains a settlement for you. After the settlement, you pay your attorney a percentage of that amount.

At the law firm of 866-461-1591, we take personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, so you don’t have to worry about being able to afford to pay, because our fee comes from any monetary damages we obtain for you through a negotiated settlement or trial.

Contact a personal injury law firm with a personal touch

Pursuing a personal injury claim is complicated and time-consuming and follows a specific legal process. Why try to handle it on your own when you can gain an advantage by retaining an attorney with no upfront costs? Call us at 866-461-1591 or contact us online to schedule a confidential consultation.