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Why You MUST Hire & Use an Attorney

You may have heard before–and if you haven’t heard, you need to hear and understand the FACT–that using an attorney in an accident, negligence, injury, or wrongful death case statistically results in settlements and recoveries 10 times larger (or more) than not using an attorney. SIMPLY PUT–not using an attorney is extremely ill advised and dangerous! Additionally, in these types of cases, generally an attorney will work on a contingency basis–meaning that the attorney will not be paid anything, unless and until you win the case. So, it makes ENTIRELY NO SENSE not to hire and use an attorney.

When dealing with insurance companies, which includes the vast majority of these types of cases, the insurance companies know that they must offer and pay out far less money when those injured don’t hire attorneys. This is because the insurance companies know that unrepresented people have no way to accurately evaluate the insured person’s liability (who is covered by the insurance company) and amount of legal and financial exposure (i.e., what your case is legally worth). And, in fact, insurance company’s actuarial professionals consider and factor in the percentage of people who will not hire legal counsel after being harmed by the insurance company’s client–when determining the price the insurance company must charge for insurance premiums. Actuarial professionals are highly trained people who calculate insurance company risk and what amounts must be charged for insurance premiums. This–alone–should convince you that it is very important to hire good legal counsel to handle any cases involving an accident, negligence, injury, or wrongful death.

What We Can Do for You – Don’t Hesitate (There are Statutes of Limitation)

Mountain State Attorneys was founded and is lead by seasoned and experienced attorneys who know exactly how to assess and evaluate your case, including the legal validity and the value of your case–in various different courts and jurisdictions (see Considering Where to File Your Case – Different Jurisdictions and Courts, below). We can assess your case rather quickly and, in the vast majority of cases, we will assess your case for free.

After we assess your case, and if we advise that it is a legally valid case, we will meet with you and inform you of your options. We will also explain the next steps involved, and we will educate you on how the case will proceed, from beginning to end.

After this, we will draft your suit’s complaint, file it with the court, serve it on the opposing parties, which initiates your case.

We will then proceed to carry out the necessary discovery and actions to support your case, with the hope of leading to a beneficial settlement or trial outcome.

And, as always–we continually remain available to answer questions that you have about your case.

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Assessing Your Case

Only qualified and experienced attorneys can effectively and accurately assess your case. In a general sense, the validity and value of your case depends on what duties another person owed to you, whether they violated any of those duties, and what harms or damages their violations caused. This type of calculus is very involved, complex, and extremely fact specific. In other words–no two cases are alike. EVERY case is uniquely valid or invalid, and valuable or invaluable, due to the specific facts in each case. Furthermore, your case is always worth more or less in different states’ courts, and in federal court (if your case can validly be filed in federal court), because every jurisdiction’s laws are different. Each state’s laws are different in many ways directly related to each and every case, as are the federal laws applicable to your case (if filed in a federal court). This is called forum shopping (i.e., finding the most favorable jurisdiction to file your case in). This, in particular, is especially an area where ONLY qualified and experienced attorneys can effectively and accurately assess and evaluate your case.

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Considering Where to File Your Case – Different Jurisdictions and Courts

As mentioned above, your case can possibly be filed in different state’s state courts, as well as possibly in various different federal courts. And, as also explained above, the rules and laws in each of these jurisdictions is different in many many, ways–all of which are highly relevant to your case. These differences cause very significant differences in the validity and value of each case.

Generally, you can file your case in any “competent” (i.e., allowed) state court: where the plaintiff lives, where the defendant lives, or where the injury occurred. And, if certain requirements are satisfied, your case can be filed in federal court. The rules of civil procedure, the rules of evidence, and many other rules and laws that govern how legal cases proceed, what types of claims you can make, what you must prove to win each claim in your suit, what evidence you can provide in court, how evidence can be provided in court, and many other things–all vary and are different in each different jurisdiction and court. In fact, every separate court in the nation (at all levels) have what are called “local court rules.” These are rules that each court has published, which directs how and what your attorneys are allowed to do. All of these things are part of the vary complex decision that only attorneys are equipped to advise you on, and help you determine, with all the necessary information and considerations.

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