Should I hire a personal lawyer on top of my insurance appointed lawyer?

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Should I hire a personal lawyer on top of my insurance appointed lawyer?

I rear ended someone back in 2013 and the case is now coming up for trial in
August. 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 Connecticut’s 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?

Thank you for any information you can provide on this matter.

Asked on July 22, 2016 under Accident Law, Connecticut


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

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

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.

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