When Does It NOT Make Sense to Hire an Attorney?


There are many, many problems we face in life that are best handled by a lawyer, such as when you suffer a bodily injury due to someone else’s actions. Sometimes, however, there is no advantage to hiring an attorney.

One example of a situation where hiring an attorney does not make practical sense is if you are certain you have suffered only property damage in a car accident. For instance, in minor fender-benders that do not result in your having to seek medical treatment, an attorney is probably not required. Usually, you can determine if the insurance company is treating you fairly by checking their numbers for the amount of property damage you have suffered with websites like kelleybluebook.com or with a mechanic that you trust.

Another instance where it might not make sense to hire a personal injury attorney is if you injure yourself, but you are absolutely certain that you are the sole cause of your own injury. In that situation, health insurance and no-fault coverage like Personal Injury Protection or Medical Payments Coverage provide helpful resources to pay for your medical bills.

Finally, it is important to understand the differences between the Criminal Justice System and the Civil Justice System. The primary goal of the Criminal Justice System is to punish those who harm others in the community and to deter future bad conduct. On the other hand, and while it’s true the Civil Justice System can be used to deter harmful conduct, the primary goal of the Civil Justice System is to compensate individuals for the injuries they have suffered.

If you have questions about whether it makes sense for you to hire an attorney in your situation, many personal injury attorneys will be willing to meet with you for a free consultation. At Zinda Law Group, our personal injury attorneys never charge for an in-person meeting to determine whether or not you should hire an attorney. If you are still uncertain, call our offices today.