5 Misconceptions About Personal Injury Lawsuits

There are numerous forms of personal injury cases. Almost too many for one person to keep track of. As humans, we fear what we do not know. And many people involved in a personal injury case are not aware of all of the facts. Most people only know what is rumored or what is spread by large corporations to curb lawsuits. There are an abundance of misconceptions surrounding personal injury law. It is our job to debunk the falsehoods and inform our clients of the truth.  

  1. I have insurance, so I do not need an attorney.

While you are not required to have an attorney for your personal injury case, the likelihood of receiving the best compensation (or any compensation at all) is slim without one. Your insurance provider will be more than happy to work with you one-on-one without an attorney. It will save the carrier money. The truth is, personal injury law can be very confusing and complicated. Most people without a background in law find it difficult to understand. You do not want to be the only one who does not understand what is going on in your own case. If you say or do the wrong thing, you could be jeopardizing your chance at compensation for your losses. Do not put that legal responsibility on yourself. Get an attorney who can handle the case for you, guide you on your next steps, and get you the compensation you deserve.  

  1. My case has to be settled before I receive medical treatment.

moneyThis is absolutely not the case. You do not have to wait for your personal injury case to be settled before receiving much-needed and deserved medical treatment. If you are injured, you should receive medical treatment right away. In fact, undergoing a full medical evaluation will uncover any additional injuries you may have sustained that you did not even know you had. Seeking immediate medical attention will not only prevent health complications down the road, but will also help build your personal injury case and allow your attorney to gauge the level of compensation you need now and in the future. If you are concerned about paying for medical care before you receive money from your insurer, you have a couple of options. Many doctors will work with you while your claim is pending and wait for payment until your case settled. Your attorney is invaluable in this process of negotiating your medical bills, too. There are also other options to receive temporary funding to pay for your medical bills until your claim is resolved. You should never feel like you are out of options. Speak with a qualified personal injury attorney to help walk you through each and every option available to you.  

  1. I am guaranteed compensation from a personal injury lawsuit.

There are no guarantees in the world of law, and receiving any or all of your desired compensation is not a sure thing. However, by hiring an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer to handle your personal injury case, your chances of receiving maximum compensation are a lot higher. An attorney will advise you of your rights, and help you build a strong case with sufficient evidence to fight for the justice and compensation you deserve. Hiring a qualified attorney with the resources needed to put together the strongest evidence possible will maximize your chances of winning your personal injury lawsuit.  

  1. Personal injury lawsuits are drawn-out and can take forever.

While it is true that filing a claim can take time and effort, most personal injury lawsuits do not take very long to settle. But the amount of time it will take to resolve a case largely depends on the case’s complexity. Most lawsuits are settled out of court through negotiations between all parties involved. A majority of insurance companies do not want to go to court, as it is expensive and consumes time and resources. They usually understand that they should be paying out a reasonable amount to the victim, but benchthey will still try to get away with paying the least amount they can get away with. This is why you need a tenacious lawyer at your side to push the insurance company to pay you what you are entitled to.      

  1. I can’t afford to hire an attorney.

While you may think it is costly to hire an attorney, the truth is, it may cost you more if you do not hire one. If you think about it, not hiring an attorney could mean that you miss out on a large sum of your desired compensation. If you proceed with your personal injury case without an attorney, you could fail to recover losses for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages. You may receive a $4,000 settlement when an attorney could have gotten you a $40,000 settlement. Understanding personal injury law is complicated, and you need a qualified legal professional by your side. We offer free in-office or over the phone consultations at Feller Law, P.A. We ensure that our experienced legal team will aim for the highest compensation available to you, so that you will no longer need to worry about affording medical bills or attorney’s fees.