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Is there a certain dollar amount where hiring a personal injury lawyer becomes worthwhile?

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I've been injured, but not badly, and medical bills totaled just under $2,000. Is that an amount for small claims court, or should I get a personal injury lawyer?


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  1. If you call a respectable personal injury attorney in your area, they should be able to tell you whether you realistically need an attorney or not. Typically, an attorney will do more good for you in the long run. Best of luck.

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  2. Medical bills of close to $2000 is not insubstantial. Avvo has many good personal injury attorneys in LA who would be happy to help You will almost always recover more with an attorney.

    The above is general legal and business analysis. It is not "legal advise" but analysis, and different lawyers may analyse this matter differently, especially if there are additional facts not reflected in the question. I am not your attorney until retained by a written retainer agreement signed by both of us. I am only licensed in California. See also avvo.com terms and conditions item 9, incorporated as if it was reprinted here.


  3. Your medical bills, taken alone, do not provide enough information to determine if it would be in your interest to hire an attorney. There are many other factors to consider. I would recommend that you contact a personal injury attorney in your area to discuss your potential case in detail. Most personal injury attorneys will give a free consultation for this purpose. If it is best handled in small claims court, most personal injury attorneys will be forthright in telling you this. Small claims may be appropriate but you will not know until you discuss the facts with a qualified attorney.

    This response applies only to California law, is not intended to be legal advice to any individual and does not create an attorney-client relationship.


  4. It would be prudent to consult with a personal injury attorney licensed in your jurisdiction. Most offer a free consultation and at the very least you can inquire as to the potential value of your claim.

    -Matt
    www.dolmanlaw.com

    This advice should not be construed as forming an attorney-client relationship.


  5. You should obtain needed medical care and treatment immediately and follow the doctor's advice. Do not give any statement to the adverse party or insurance company nor grant them access to any medical records. Photograph the injuries and the damage done to any property. Contact a personal injury attorney in your area as soon as possible so that you can protect your rights. You may also find it helpful to review the Legal Guides I have published on Avvo.com dealing with many of the issues you are now facing.

    Your attorney can tell you if it is worthwhile hiring him or her.

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    Mr. Lundeen is licensed to practice law in Florida and Vermont. The response herein is not legal advice and does not create an attorney/client relationship. The response is in the form of legal education and is intended to provide general information about the matter within the question. Oftentimes the question does not include significant and important facts and timelines that, if known, could significantly change the reply and make it unsuitable. Mr. Lundeen strongly advises the questioner to confer with an attorney in your state in order to ensure proper advice is received.


  6. Sounds like small claims to me. The new limit is $10K for non-auto accidents; remains $7500 for insured auto claims


  7. I have handled cases this small before.

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