Debunking the Stigma of Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

When you’ve been injured by another through no fault of your own, you’re likely to be in pain, anxious, and unsure about what comes next – that’s normal. One of the major benefits of hiring an attorney is that you have someone to answer your questions and handle your case for you while you focus on your recovery. An attorney can also significantly increase your odds of receiving maximum compensation.

If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, then you can and should pursue full compensation for your injuries.

However, for some, the idea of hiring a personal injury attorney and filing a claim or a lawsuit is impacted by negative perceptions or stigmas about lawyers. Here’s the truth: the at fault person’s insurance company – not you – benefits from this stigma if it prevents you from seeking all the compensation you may deserve with an experienced attorney in your corner.

I’ve seen people leave money on the table because they feel guilty for suing someone or think that hiring an attorney makes them greedy. But as I’ll explain in this article, the insurance company is highly experienced at always protecting their own interests. You’re entitled to hire an attorney who levels the playing field on your behalf and fights for your best interests.

Making a claim against the at-fault party is you attempt to compel them to make you whole again.

At our firm, helping others isn’t just our mission – it’s our passion – and we always put you first. We will only take your case if we think we can get you a better result than you would get without us.

Contact us if you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, even if you’re not sure whether you want to hire an attorney. At no charge or obligation, we’ll listen to the facts of your case and we can tell you what we think it may be worth based on our knowledge and experience with personal injury cases.

Reach out online today or call 1-866-900-7078.

Feel Guilty for Suing? Why You Shouldn’t Feel Bad For Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Are you trying to get the responsible person to foot the bills they caused? The overwhelming majority of people are just trying not to be in the red after an accident that wasn’t their fault. For example, let’s say you were injured in a car accident by a distracted driver. Why should you feel guilty for trying to hold them (or their insurance company) accountable for their reckless behavior?

Most insurance companies make more by paying you less, and the adjuster handling your claim is protecting the company’s interests, not yours. They are typically highly experienced in trying to pay out as little as possible on claims, while you are hopefully dealing with this for the first time. It’s not greedy to hire an attorney who has the experience to level the playing field for you and seek full compensation.

It's not greedy to hire a lawyer if you are trying to recoup what you lost or what was taken from you.


At James Scott Farrin, our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay no attorney’s fee at all unless we recover compensation for you.2 Put your trust in an attorney who gets an attorney’s fee only when you get paid, not an insurance company that likely makes more by paying you less for the harms you’ve suffered.

The Insurance Company Is Not on Your Side: We Know Firsthand

Attorneys at our firm have experienced bad behavior by insurance companies firsthand:

In one case, an adjuster went into a client’s house, made an offer, and sat on the couch, refusing to leave until someone accepted. That leaves a bad taste in your mouth. The client doesn’t know what to do.1,5

Many people believe there are set formulas that the insurance adjuster will use to calculate a fair amount and seeking compensation is a simple and straightforward process. In reality, what you may receive is completely negotiable: The insurance adjuster will likely try to pay you as little as possible –   while your attorney seeks out multiple sources of possible compensation and fights for everything you may deserve.

Five court cases about bad faith practices by insurance companies.

Why Is It Important For an Injured Individual to Have Legal Representation?

Hiring an attorney can significantly increase your odds of receiving maximum compensation. Your attorney can:

  • Estimate the potential value of your claim
  • Complete paperwork for you in a timely manner
  • Handle the insurance company
  • Fight for full compensation on your behalf
  • Take your case to court if needed

Read More: The Top 7 Things a Personal Injury Attorney Can Do For You

Worried about the cost of hiring an experienced attorney? At our firm, we handle cases on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay nothing upfront and no attorney’s fee at all if we don’t recover compensation for you. Guaranteed.2

Tip: In North and South Carolina, there is a strict time limit by which you must bring your case, called the statute of limitations.  Don’t delay – you want an attorney to start building your case as soon as possible!

Why Choose the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin to Help With Your Personal Injury Case?

Our attorneys strive to provide the highest level of legal representation and help you take on powerful opponents like the insurance company.

A 5 star google review from a former client.

Several of our attorneys used to work for insurance companies and insurance defense firms. They share that inside knowledge, and we use it to purse maximum compensation on your behalf and counter insurance company tactics.

Our results speak for themselves: Since 1997, we’ve recovered more than $1.8 billion in total compensation for more than 65,000 people in need.1 Hate waiting around? Us too. Our goal is to get you as much as possible, as quickly as possible. Simply put, cases don’t collect dust here.

Contact us online or at 1-866-900-7078 today if you’ve been injured, and see what your case may really be worth.


5 Case or matter referenced does not represent the law firm’s entire record. This is a specific example of an experience we had at our firm with an insurance company adjuster. The story does not necessarily represent any industry as a whole. Descriptions of events are based upon the recollections of individual staff members. Client identities have been removed or changed to protect their privacy.



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About the Author

Rosa Antunez Boatwright practices personal injury law in North Carolina at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. She is a Board Member of International Focus and the Diamante Arts and Cultural Center and is an active leader in both the NC Association of Women Attorneys and North Carolina Advocates for Justice. Rosa is a member of the 16th Judicial District Bar and the Durham County Bar Association, and has been recognized by the Pro Bono Honor Society multiple times.