Do you want to make a pain and suffering claim without a lawyer? I believe car crash injury victims are always better off hiring a lawyer for many reasons not worth fully exploring here (but I do here) even in soft tissue muscle, tendon, and ligament injury cases.
But attorneys’ fees are a lot of money, usually taking one-third of your recovery. If there is any claim where an injured person can justify proceeding without a personal injury attorney, it is in the classic neck or back soft tissue/whiplash injury traffic collision case with pain and suffering but clearly no permanency.
My belief has always been that the benefit of an experienced attorney can bring to a case is proportionate to the severity of the injury. If you have a permanent injury, you are foolish if you don’t hire a lawyer. (I wouldn’t handle my own case, either. Because that is also an awful idea.)
A quality attorney in serious injury and death cases will statistically get the injured party a lot more money. I’m talking about the money that put in your pocket. The same is probably true in tendon strain neck/back injury cases, too.
But car accident lawyers cannot run from the fact that the difference is much less significant in smaller cases. Some people just prefer the path where lawyers are not taking money away from their settlement. So be it. As long as you understand you run a risk just like you run a risk when you try to install your own bathroom floor, just typically with a lot more money at stake.