Victims harmed by the negligent or wrongful acts of others have rights
when it comes to holding at-fault parties liable for their injuries and
damages. These rights enable victims to pursue civil lawsuits that aim
to prove a defendant’s negligence, or failures to uphold a legal
duty, more likely than not led to their accident and injuries. While personal
injury claims may seem straightforward, the process of navigating the
legal system, supporting claims with evidence, and fighting back against
insurance companies that want to pay as little as possible can be immensely
Our legal team at Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs know these challenges
intimately. With over a century of combined experience, our Houston personal
injury lawyers have helped victims and families throughout Texas protect
their right to compensation even in the most challenging cases, and against
the most aggressive defendants, including corporations and insurance companies
that place profits over people.
Because we know the difficulties of
personal injury lawsuits, and how easy it can be for victims to miss out on the just outcomes
and compensation they deserve, we always advise that victims and families
seek assistance from qualified lawyers following preventable injuries.
However, we know some victims entertain the idea of handing a claim themselves.
There are numerous reasons why DIY personal injury lawsuits are a bad idea.
Here are just a few:
The law is complex – The phrase “you don’t know what you don’t know”
could not ring more true when it comes to the law. Just as we trust our
health to medical experts, we place our trust in legal professionals who
have an understanding and familiarity with law we do not. Even lawyers
do not represent themselves in their personal legal matters. Personal
injury law can be profoundly complex, and legal issues of all types can
arise given the unique facts and circumstances present in a case. From
determining fault and liability to establishing the basic legal elements
of a negligence claim and navigating various areas of law, trained lawyers
have the requisite tools. When handling a lawsuit on your own, you put
yourself at a disadvantage when facing defendants and insurance companies
that likely have a team of attorneys on their side.
Lawsuits can be expensive – Civil lawsuits cost money. Expenses are not just limited to filing
and court fees, but extend to all aspects of building an effective case.
This includes investigations, accident reconstruction, working with expert
witnesses, and extensive amounts of time curating the evidence and arguments
that win cases. Without a lawyer, you would need to cover these expenses
yourself, and defendants would likely seek to exhaust your financial reserves
in order for you to simply give in. When you work with our personal injury
lawyers, you don’t pay anything up front. Because we work on contingency
fees, we cover all expenses related to your claim and only collect attorney
fees if a successful recovery is made in your case.
Errors in civil procedure can hurt your case – Without an attorney, you may struggle with trying to learn all the procedural
rules involved in your case, including deadlines and protocol for filing
certain legal actions (not to mention understanding when they should be
used and how). A simple procedural error could delay your case or derail
it entirely by resulting in a dismissal or unfavorable ruling.
You may not have the professional connections – Personal injury lawsuits require evidence to support claims and
refute arguments raised by the defense. Often, accumulating this evidence
requires working with professional experts, including accident reconstruction
specialists, industry pros, and medical experts who can provide support
and testimony regarding the nature of your accident, issues involved,
and your injuries. Our attorneys have cultivated an extensive network
of connections we leverage for the benefit of our clients.
The defense will capitalize on your lack of representation – One of the most important things to consider when thinking about handling
your own lawsuit is that you will not be up against another laymen. The
defendants you face will likely be corporations and insurance companies
that employ talented legal teams highly experienced in defending against
claims and lawsuits from victims. They know the tools of the trade, and
they employ tactics that enable them to capitalize on plaintiffs who do
not have representation. When they raise challenges to your claims, engage
in procedural obstruction, or simply work to win, you face immense challenges.
When you depend on securing financial compensation to recover your losses
and navigate your future, a DIY lawsuit puts you at risk. Learn how our
nationally recognized lawyers can help protect your rights as you navigate
the personal injury lawsuit process, and why we have the tools to help
you secure the outcome you need.
Contact us to request a free consultation.