Personal injury cases are quite common, but there are many misconceptions out there.Movies and TV shows have all aired attorneys litigating in court, but the reality is that Hollywood embellishes a lot, and it is all pure entertainment without much truth.Here are five common misconceptions:
Insurance Companies Will Always Give You The Compensation You Need
Insurance companies often do not give adequate compensation because they try to save themselves as much money as possible. Insurance companies have their own attorneys and experts available to try to settle claims as fast as possible for the least amount of money. If you are injured, you need your own attorney to negotiate and fight for the compensation that you need.
All Lawsuits Go To Court
Many people think that most lawsuits are litigated in court. However, on the contrary, most lawsuits are settled out of court. This minimizes the time it takes for you to receive monetary relief and lowers attorney costs.
When you settle out of court, you won’t have to deal with the stress and frustration of litigation, and you’ll be able to have the process sped up to receive payment faster. Although you never have to accept a settlement offer, it can often be more advantageous to do so.
You’ll Receive More Money If You Go To Court
If you decide to reject an insurance company’s settlement offer and believe you deserve more money for your damages, you can take your case to court. However, before rejecting a settlement offer, you should take into consideration that you may end up with less money and you might not receive anything until much later.
You should calculate the attorney costs, the possibility of receiving a lower relief amount, and the amount of time litigation can take before you receive any money. Your attorney will be able to realistically tell you whether a settlement offer is fair or if you should take your case to court.
You Can File Suit At Any Date
Following the stress, pain, and shock of an injury, you will likely need some time to recuperate before your life returns back to normal. It is easy to procrastinate from contacting an attorney and dealing head-on with a personal injury case.
Additionally, you might not realize you are seriously injured until later on. This is a problem because you only have a limited time to file suit following an injury. Each state has a statute of limitations for how long you have to sue.
All Lawyers Get Paid For Pursuing A Lawsuit
Some people won’t pursue a lawsuit because they assume attorneys will charge them for far too much money. However, that is often not the case. In fact, most attorneys offer free initial consultations to review the facts of someone’s case.
Furthermore, most attorneys work on a contingency basis and won’t even charge until a client wins his or her case. Attorneys sometimes don’t get paid for all their hard work.
When you are personally injured, we believe that you should be compensated. We offer free no-obligation consultations and are ready to speak with you at your earliest convenience. Call us at (716) 907-7777.