January 11th, 2016| There are a number of reasons why you shouldn’t attempt to handle your own injury claim. On average, accident victims with an attorney get more money. That fact alone should be enough incentive to call a lawyer after your accident. But beyond the possibility of getting more for your claim, here are two factors to consider when determining whether or not you need a lawyer: paperwork and deadlines. If you’re going to handle your injury claim alone, you’ll need to fill out a number of forms and have them approved in order to have your case considered by a court. This paperwork can be confusing and time-sensitive. Missing just one filing deadline could put your entire claim at risk, and your right to compensation may be lost. Depending on your situation, filing deadlines can vary dramatically. For instance, in the state of California, you have two years to file a personal injury claim against a responsible party. However, if your claim is against a government entity, such as a city or county, you only have six months to file. And that’s just one of the many deadlines you have to consider when filing an injury claim. Bottom line is injury claims aren’t one-size-fits-all. Each case is different, requiring a unique approach. An experienced California personal injury lawyer will know all the necessary paperwork to file and deadlines that must be met for your specific situation. If you’ve been injured, put an experienced attorney on your side. Contact us today.