What type of lawyer do I need to recoup my $1000 auto insurance deductable from the person who hit me and who didn’t have insurance?

Asked on November 25, 2015 under Accident Law, Illinois

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Any litigator (an attorney who goes to court/does trials; as opposed to a transactional attorney who mostly drafts contracts, leases, etc.) could handle this. But you are better off representing yourself as your own lawyer ("pro se") in small claims court, because you can't make the other side pay your legal fees--and a lawyer's fees would eat up most, or all, of the $1,000 (indeed, you could even pay *more* for the attorney then you get back). Acting as your own lawyer, your costs will be minimal; this size case is really too small for an attorney.


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