Is a personal injury attorney really needed after just a minor fender bender? As a personal-injury lawyer, you may be surprised to hear my advice not always. Here is the general rule of thumb: If, after an accident, you are not in pain…then you do not need a personal-injury attorney. Simple as that.But, if you are in any kind of pain or discomfort (typically neck or back pain) that did not exist prior to a fender bender, the answer is YES. To this, I am often met with the following response: But Jason, if I’m only in a little bit of pain, I’ll just go see a chiropractor or orthopedic doctor, get my treatment and move on with my life; so why should I talk to a lawyer who is only going to take a fee from what I would otherwise get on my own!? What most people do not realize is: If, after an accident, you see a chiropractor or other doctor and your (or the other driver’s) auto insurance pays your rehabilitation bills (on time and in full), my firm would not take a dime from those medical expenses. You have, literally, nothing to lose by letting our firm handle your claim. Let me explain further:At the end of the doctor or chirpractor-prescribed treatment process your doctor or chiropractor will eventually say, I have done all I can to help / rehabilitate you, (a term called Maximum Medical Improvement, or MMI), which in relatively minor accidents may only take a few months.At MMI, If your doctor finds a permanent injury, your personal injury attorney will then be able to negotiate a pain and suffering settlement…almost guaranteed to be higher than what non-attorneys would get on their own. This may only be a few thousand dollars, but it is nevertheless money to which you may be entitled.