While California injury law can be very complicated, not every individual injury case has to be. After a slip, trip, or fall, you may find it helpful to reach out to an attorney to get the most from your claim against the responsible party, but it isn’t necessarily critical to hire an attorney for every injury. So how can you tell the difference between a fall injury claim that requires legal representation and one that can be handled without the protection of an attorney? Here are some examples to help you make the best decision for your claim.

When Can I Negotiate a Santa Monica Injury Claim for a Fall on My Own?

Although working with an attorney can help you organize and maximize a claim for fall injuries, an attorney may not be strictly necessary if:

  • Your injuries were very minor.
  • You were able to recover within a few days.
  • You work and day-to-day activities were not affected by your injury.
  • The settlement offer from the insurance company covers your expenses related to the fall.

When Do I Need an Attorney to Help With a Santa Monica Injury Claim?

When your claim is likely to become complex, skipping legal representation can seriously hurt your ability to recover the compensation you need, and it may be easy to wreck your case if you aren’t sure about your rights. You should at least speak with an attorney if:

  • Your injuries were very severe, disabling, or may require long-term treatment.
  • You are feeling pressured or manipulated by the insurance adjustors or responsible party.
  • Your injury claim has been denied, delayed, or underpaid.
  • You are having trouble getting the evidence you need to prove your claim.

Even if you ultimately choose to pursue your personal injury claim on your own, it helps to first get armed with the clear facts you need to move ahead with confidence. For more information about your rights after an injury and when an attorney is necessary, request your free copy of our book, 7 Biggest Mistakes That Can Ruin Your California Injury Case.


Peter Steinberg
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982