If you’re injured in an accident and are considering filing a personal injury claim, it’s important to know the truth about these types of cases. Many myths exist around this subject which can lead people to believe that their injuries don’t matter or that they cannot recover compensation for them.
Fortunately, this could not be further from the truth! In today’s post, we’ll take a look at five common myths about personal injury law – and why they’re just not true.
Myth #1: Personal injury cases are difficult and expensive to pursue.
Truth: The reality is that personal injury cases can be pursued on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t have to pay anything out of pocket until the case has been successfully resolved in your favor. Furthermore, many lawyers today enter into “no win, no fee” agreements, which means that you will not have to pay anything out of pocket if they don’t win your case.
Myth #2: Personal injury cases take a long time to resolve.
Truth: In most instances, the cases never even make it all the way to the courtroom. They result in settlements being reached outside of court. While not every case is guaranteed to come to an end quickly, usually, many individuals will have their case settled faster than expected.
Myth #3: You can wait as long as you want to file your claim.
Truth: It’s actually ideal to file your claim with a trusted attorney as soon as possible. Usually, personal injury claims fall under a statute of limitations. In most states, a personal injury lawsuit needs to be filed within two or three years after the incident. Therefore, it’s vital to make your claim and pursue your case soon after the incident occurs.
Myth #4: You’ll get less compensation for your injuries if they’re not serious.
Truth: Even if the injury doesn’t seem too bad, it’s best to have a doctor examine it and talk with your lawyer to help make a decision based on their expertise. Cases, where an individual has been hurt in minor accidents, can be just as complicated as those with more serious injuries, and it’s important to get a lawyer who knows how to deal with these types of cases.
Myth #5: You don’t need an attorney to file your claim.
Truth: Many people believe that they can handle personal injury cases on their own without legal representation – but in reality there are so many complex issues involved when attempting to file any type of personal injury claim. Consulting with a personal injury attorney who has your interest in mind will allow you to understand your legal rights and make the best decision for yourself.
If you need to file a personal injury claim, make Smith Injury Law your first call. Our attorneys have over 30 years of experience with personal injury law cases and are equipped to get you the compensation you deserve. Schedule your free consultation now! SC: 864-300-HURT | NC: 828-600-HURT