Common Misconceptions About Personal Injury Claims
Personal injury law is often misunderstood. People tend to shy away from pursuing injury claims because of common misconceptions, but we are here to put an end to that.
Our goal is to address some of the most common misconceptions when it comes to the civil law so that if you find yourself in the worst-case scenario, you’ll feel confident enough in your rights to stand up for what’s right, and fight for the justice you deserve.
Attorneys are not affordable
Many law firms work on a contingency basis when it comes to a personal injury lawsuit. This means you pay fees based on your settlement. Basically, if you don’t get paid, they won’t either. In many cases, it is a higher cost to you not to hire an attorney to assist with your injury claim.
Personal injury lawsuits can be filed anytime
There is a statute of limitations giving a deadline by which a personal injury case must be filed. This time frame varies from state to state. The majority of personal injury lawsuits in Texas must be filed within two years of the date the incident occurred.
Filing a claim against a friend or family member will threaten his or her financial security
If you are riding along with a friend as a passenger and sustain serious injuries in a collision, you might feel hesitant to file a claim against your friend. As long as they have insurance, you do not have to worry about “taking “ money from them. Premiums to cover property damage and medical bills that are incurred form an accident are paid, and you should not feel guilty for asking your dues.
It will take years to secure compensation
Some injury cases are especially complicated and may take months or years to resolve. However, you can expect to receive compensation for a straightforward car accident within a reasonable period. Some cases may take a long time to settle, but this is not the norm. An experienced attorney will know how to get the job done in an appropriate timeframe and will be very open with you about when you can expect a decision on your case.
You will have to attend lengthy hearings
Fortunately, most personal injury claims reach a settlement that is satisfactory for both parties before ever seeing the inside of a courtroom.
If your injuries are minor, you do not need to hire a personal injury lawyer
Another misconception is that personal injury lawsuits should only be pursued if the victim suffered serious, life threating injuries. Deciding not to file a personal injury claim because you think your injuries are unworthy of a lawsuit is a big mistake. Individuals who have suffered minor injuries also deserve the attention and assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney.
Workers compensation meets all your needs
It is true that you can get compensation for work-related injuries; however, worker’s comp is far from enough. Often workers compensation carriers refuse reasonable and necessary medical services you may require. Workers are required to receive medical services from a “company” doctor who is more concerned with protecting the employer instead of the injured worker. These benefits may help but many times do not cover the full cost of the injuries or lost wages.
Only greedy people file personal injury lawsuits
Many individuals who file a personal injury claim have suffered severe, life-changing injuries that result in loss of wages, the inability to work, and recovery. Most of the money you receive from your claim comes out of the pocket from the insurance company, not the person who caused the injury. Personal injury lawsuits should not be taken lightly and certainly do not represent a way to get easy money.
Having insurance means you don’t need an attorney
When you do not have an attorney handling your case, most insurance companies profit. Keep in mind insurance is just a business; they put their bottom line before yours.
How The Carlson Law Firm can help
If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury, we are ready to assist. We have been protecting the rights of personal injury victims for over 40 years. At The Carlson Law Firm, we are committed to helping you get back on your feet and moving forward. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We care, we can help.
- Written by Adriana Torres