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How to Hire a Lawyer

August 17, 2010


Hello! This is Kristina’s husband, Guy. I will be dropping in here from time to time to give my two cents on The Crunchy Soup. Nice to meet you!

Please take a moment to read this short, but important message. I have been working in personal injury law firms for almost 6 years now, and as I begin my career it has come to my attention the many misconceptions people have about personal injury cases.

 Below are the top 5 myths I often hear:
Myth #1: I can handle this on my own! I don’t need a lawyer!
Fact: This is exactly what the insurance company wants you to believe. The insurance company operates like any other business – they want to make as much money as they can. Basically, the less they pay you for an injury claim the more money they keep! Getting a lawyer simply levels the playing field with someone who knows your rights.
Myth #2: But a lawyer will take all the money!
Fact: Hiring a personal injury lawyer almost always results in an offer several times higher than you would receive without a lawyer. It may not be fair, but it is a fact. When your case is resolved you will almost certainly recover thousands more in compensation, even after the lawyer fees are paid. 
Myth #3: I don’t want to sue someone!
Fact: Then don’t! A significant portion of our cases are resolved through negotiation and the claims process without filing a lawsuit. The money you recover doesn’t come from the bank account of another person. It comes from the insurance company that person paid monthly premiums to cover them for this exact type of situation.
Myth #4: My divorce, family, estate lawyer can handle my injury case!
Fact: Lawyers are like doctors, in that they generally each have their own special areas of practice. You wouldn’t hire your primary physician or heart surgeon to perform your brain surgery. Likewise, hiring a general practice lawyer or other type of lawyer to handle a personal injury case could lead to lost claims and inadequate recovery.
Myth #5: Getting a lawyer is expensive!
Fact: We honestly do not get paid unless you get paid. There is not “catch” to it. The fee we take is often a percentage of what we are able to recover for you. If we are unable to help you, we simply part ways without you paying a dime. As mentioned above, the amount recovered after hiring an injury lawyer is almost always significantly more than the amount without one.
If you, a family member, or friend have been injured or suffered a loss, I would truly appreciate you recommend they contact me at Burke & Thomas .  I am honored to speak to someone free of charge in his or her time of need. If you are from out of state we will find you a reputable,  attorney in your area.
Thanks for reading,
-Guy Mattson for
Burke & Thomas PLLP
Toll free: 800-985-7273
Office: 651-490-1808

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