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I Was Injured In a Car Accident! Is it Better to Have an Attorney or Represent Myself?

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I Was Injured In a Car Accident! Is it Better to Have an Attorney or Represent Myself?

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When someone is injured in a car accident they often are scared and hurt. Additionally, many are often in financial distress due to loss of vehicle, missed work, and medical bills. The question often then arises, should that person hire an attorney? Most equate attorneys with extra cost from money they don't have, however, many attorneys will take car accident cases on a contingency fee basis.

A contingency fee basis means that the client does not pay the attorney fees unless that attorney recovers money (damages) on their behalf. In that arrangement, if the attorney does recover money then the attorney fees are paid to the attorney out of the damages awarded to the client via settlement or trial. Typically the contingency fee is 33 1/3 - 40 percent of the damages, however, consider that according Allstate Insurance Company's claims manual, "Represented claims settle for two-three times more than unrepresented claims." (Source: Allstate Insurance Company Claims Manual (1996), Ex. 4, p. 3). Based on that even with the attorney earning 33 1/3% - 40% the accident victim still comes out with higher damages (and more money in their pocket) than if the accident victim represented him or herself.

Additionally, an attorney may also be able to give advice and expertise on what actions should be taken and not taken at that time. The added benefit that an attorney may give in addition is that the car accident victim can continue to focus on his or her recovery and life while allowing the attorney to worry and handle the compensation issues related to the accident.

Choosing to hire an attorney is huge decision, but it is one that can very much help your injury case and take some of the stress of you during that difficult time.


Russell is an attorney with Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers.
Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers has offices in Eau Claire, WI and Hudson, WI and handles car accidents and other personal injury claims. For more information call 1-855-NICOLET or visit www.nicoletlaw.com.

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CAR ACCIDENT

Result with Nicolet Law 
$1,200,000.00

CAR ACCIDENT

Offer before Nicolet Law
$50,000.00

SEMI-TRUCK ACCIDENT

Result with Nicolet Law 
$700,000.00

SEMI-TRUCK ACCIDENT

Offer before Nicolet Law
$75,000.00

SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT

Result with Nicolet Law 
$180,000.00

SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT

Offer before Nicolet Law
$5,000.00

PEDESTRIAN HIT BY CAR

Result with Nicolet Law 
$1,050,000.00

PEDESTRIAN HIT BY CAR

Offer before Nicolet Law
$0.00 - denial

DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENT

Result with Nicolet Law 
$815,000.00

DRUNK DRIVING VICTIM

Offer before Nicolet Law
$0.00

UTV ACCIDENT

Result with Nicolet Law 
$250,000.00

UTV ACCIDENT

Offer before Nicolet Law
$5,000.00
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EAU CLAIRE:

402 Graham Ave.
Suite 305
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Phone: (715) 835-5959
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HUDSON:

517 2nd Street
Unit #205
Hudson, WI 54016

Phone: 715-226-6158
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LA CROSSE:

119 N 19th St S
La Crosse, WI 54601

Phone: 608-527-0876
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Suite 220
New Richmond, WI 54017

Phone: 715-226-6164
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337 North Main Street
Rice Lake, WI 54868

Phone: (715) 790-1114
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RIVER FALLS:
215 S 2nd St #20
River Falls, WI 54022

Phone: (715) 716-5869
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1200 Tower Ave.
Superior, WI 54880

Phone: (715) 718-2969
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408 3rd Street
Suite 303
Wausau, WI 54403

Phone: (715) 716-5092
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DULUTH:
306 West Superior Street,
Suite 606 West
Duluth, MN 55802

Phone: (218) 729-0628
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HIBBING:
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302 Howard Street, Suite 123
Hibbing, MN 55746

Phone: 218-217-0659
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225 South 6th Street
Suite 3900
Minneapolis, MN 55402
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Woodbury, MN 55125

Phone: (651) 815-0017
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