Do we need our own attorney to settle a dog bite claim?

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Do we need our own attorney to settle a dog bite claim?

We have been working with the homeowner’s insurance company to settle a dog bite injury suffered by our daughter at the age of 10. We are ready to move forward on a 20k settlement and intend to set up a structured settlement, likely timing the payments to start around age 22. She is 14 now. Unlikely any of the funds would be required sooner no further medical bills expected. The case seems

straightforward. The insurance company’s attorney will prepare the paperwork required for court once we confirm how we wish to invest the proceeds. Obviously the attorney cannot provide us legal advise. If we are comfortable with the amount and how we want to invest, is there still a reason be represented by our own attorney in this matter?

Asked on March 15, 2018 under Personal Injury, Minnesota


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Since you are satisfied with the settlement offer and how the funds are to be invested, you don't need an attorney whose fee will be a percentage of the settlement.
The court proceeding is a minor's compromise where court approval is needed for the disposition of the settlement funds to protect your daughter's rights until she is sufficiently mature to receive payment.

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