If you’ve been injured in an accident, there is a lot of misinformation out there about your options. Insurance companies perpetuate myths about personal injury victims. Then, politicians seize on the false narrative that everyone is faking just to take advantage of “the system.”
In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Most accident victims, even those with “mild” injuries, would readily trade-in their pain and suffering compensation for even one day without pain. Until you’ve walked in the shoes of someone living with chronic pain, it is almost impossible to comprehend.
Myth #1: Most Personal Injury Claims Are Frivolous.
FALSE. Most accident victims have legitimate claims that are well-documented by their doctors and therapists. Personal injury attorneys are extremely thorough when investigating cases. They review medical records, accident reconstruction reports and solicit expert medical opinions about your injuries, treatment plan and future prognosis.
Reputable attorneys won’t risk their reputations by taking a frivolous case. They take your long-term well-being into consideration when structuring a settlement for you. So, what may presently look to an outsider like a frivolous claim, could develop into a painful, chronic condition in the future.
Myth #2: You Don’t Need a Lawyer.
FALSE. In most situations, injury victims fare much better when a lawyer represents them. A lawyer understands what evidence you need to prove your case and will be able to obtain a settlement that is structured to help you live with your injuries as you get older. This is especially true for someone with latent-injures cases or if a child was injured.
Insurance companies offer settlements that may not even cover basic medical expenses in the short-term. They will try to dismiss your case as unworthy of any compensation and will try to quickly dismiss your claim. A lawyer will fight for you and protect you against insurance companies trying to take advantage of your weakened condition.
Just because you have insurance, it does not mean that the company will be fair with you or offer you any compensation for what you’ve been through.
Myth #3: You Must Pay For Lawyer Fees and Expenses in Advance.
FALSE. Personal injury lawyers do not charge you in advance for expenses or attorney fees. Instead, most will work for you on what is called a “contingency fee.” Any attorney fees and cost will simply come out of any compensation you receive from a settlement or trial.
Contact Us If You’ve Been Injured In An Accident
Insurance companies are not looking out for your best interest. They care only about their profits, regardless of how sincere they can appear. Call us first before talking with anyone from an insurance company. We will defend your right to fair and just compensation for what you’ve been through.