The Problem Of Representing Yourself

Abraham Lincoln supposedly said: "He who represents himself in court has a fool for a client."

That's a pretty rough statement, and it is not entirely true. In property damage cases, you represent yourself to your insurance carrier. In small claims cases, you can represent yourself.

But when you have suffered a serious injury, and a substantial amount of money is at stake, it is usually wise to work with an experienced, ethical lawyer.

"Why Don't I Represent Myself? I'm Sure I'd Do A Great Job."

Insurance company lawyers love when injury plaintiffs represent themselves. They know they will get the better of them. Because no matter how intelligent and articulate you are, you have no idea what their top number is. If they offer you $5,000, you don't have the experience to know they could have gone to $50.000.

And you would have no idea how to deflect their efforts to downgrade your claim, to drag out the process until it's unbearable for your family or to imply that you've been faking your injury all this time.

The lawyers at Bashein & Bashein have seen these tactics time and time again. We know how to put our foot down and stop the games. If necessary, we go to judges and juries to establish beyond a doubt the justice of your claim.

Here's the bottom line: When a great attorney obtains a high settlement or verdict, it more than offsets any legal fees. Those fees will probably turn out to be the best money you ever spent.

To learn more about the dollar value of experienced representation, talk to one of our lawyers at Bashein & Bashein Company, L.P.A., in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, at 216-539-8437.