DEBUNKING PERSONAL INJURY CASE MYTHS
There are many stigmas and myths surrounding personal injury cases, many of which are false. If you’ve been injured in any type of accident and have sustained personal injuries, learn all of the facts concerning the reality of personal injury cases before you decide if you are going to seek the assistance of a personal injury lawyer.
“It takes a long time to settle a personal injury case.” – MYTH
In most instances, the personal injury cases never even make it all the way to the courtroom. Most of them result in settlements being reached outside of court.
“My injuries are minor, I don’t need an attorney.” – MYTH
You are entitled to have your medical expenses covered regardless of how minor they are.
In cases with minor injuries, insurance companies often attempt to offer to settle for the lowest amount even if these amounts aren’t enough to cover the most basic medical expenses for the injuries. A personal injury attorney can help you secure fairer settlements for your injuries.
“I have insurance, I don’t need an attorney.” – MYTH
Attorneys are much better at negotiating settlements for you than you are for yourself. Insurance companies are out to make a profit and they tend to offer you much less than your coverage actually coversin the first settlement offer.
The experience attorneys have dealing with insurance companies means that they are usually better equipped to secure you the best settlement.
“I should hold out for a higher settlement.” – MYTH
Sometimes holding out for bigger settlement offers is the best strategy. For some cases, finding a competent personal injury attorney to negotiate the best settlement is more effective than simply holding out.
“The courts are bogged down with personal injury cases.” – MYTH
Some people are also under the impression that the courts are bogged down with personal injury cases, so it might take forever for a case to go before the court, if it goes that far.
According the National Center for State Courts, only 7% of civil cases are torts(the area of law concerned with personal injury cases, such as car accident liability, medical malpractice, defective product claims, etc. Civil law includes contract disputes, real property and small claims cases, apart from personal injury). Further debunking the myth is the fact that personal injury cases have declined by 25% since 1999.
If you have been injured in an accident, contact Don Morrell of the Kendrick Law Group at 407-641-5847 for a complimentary review of your case.