Should I hire a personal lawyer on top of my insurance appointed lawyer?
Question Details: I rear ended someone 3 years ago and the case is now coming up for trial next month. People are telling me I should hire my own personal lawyer to represent me in case the amount awarded goes above my coverage. At the time of the accident I was on my parent's insurance which was the state minimum requirement of liability only coverage. From what I know, the person I rear ended is claiming this accident worsened a previous injury from a previous accident she was involved in, so she's claiming personal injury, losses, etc. I have not yet been given any information on how much she is trying to sue for. Should I hire a personal lawyer before this initial trial or wait until after this trial to see if she is awarded more than I'm covered for, and then look into hiring someone else to represent me?
It would be advisable to continue being represented by your insurance company's attorney who is defending you and the insurance company. The insurance company's attorney is representing you at no cost. Continue with the insurance company's attorney throughout the case.
If you retain another attorney, you will be paying very expensive legal fees.