After being involved in an accident, many are often overwhelmed and traumatized
by the incident and, despite their injuries, hesitate to go through a
personal injury claim. This is often because of the myths that have been
perpetuated about personal injury cases, most of which are actually false.
If you or someone you love was injured in an accident, it is important
to learn the facts and reality of what pursuing a personal injury case
involves. You might be entitled to compensation, which can cover your
medical bills and other costs associated with your injuries.
Here are some of the most common personal injury myths, which we will debunk:
1.Personal injury cases always take too long: Many are under the impression that personal injury cases are always drawn
out and tend to go on for years. However, this is not true. While no two
personal injury cases are alike and, as such, will differ in the length
of time it takes to reach a resolution, the fact is that many never even
make it to court. Instead, many are able to reach settlements out of court
through negotiations. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule
and some can take years, especially if a vast sum of money is involved,
but this is not the norm. If you are concerned about the length of time
your case will take, ask your personal injury attorney. He or she will
not be able to give you a definite timeframe, but will be able to give
you a fairly reasonable estimate based on the facts of your case.
2.If your injuries are minor, you have no need for a personal injury lawyer: Just because you suffered minor injuries does not mean you are not entitled
to compensation for your medical expenses. You should never have to bear
the burden of paying for someone else’s mistakes, regardless of
how minor they might be. In fact, you can especially benefit from a personal
injury attorney in such cases since insurance companies often try to offer
the lowest amount for such injuries, which end up not being enough to
cover the medical bills incurred as a result of the accident. Your attorney
will be able to help you secure a fairer settlement.
3.The person responsible for the accident will have to pay out-of-pocket: Despite their injuries and frustrations, many accident victims are reluctant
to file a personal injury claim out of concern for the at-fault party.
They want to avoid making another person’s life miserable. While
this is a noble sentiment, it is unnecessary because, in most cases, the
other person’s insurance company ends up footing the bill when you
are awarded compensation.
4.If you have insurance, you do not need a personal injury attorney: Having insurance that covers your medical costs does not mean you will
not need an attorney to assist you in arriving at that settlement. Remember,
a skilled and experienced lawyer handles these types of cases all the
time and will be much better at negotiating a settlement than you. An
insurance company will also be less likely to attempt to take advantage
of you with legal help on your side.
5.I can choose to file my personal injury case any time: All states have a statute of limitations that set a timeframe on how long
you have to pursue compensation for any injuries you sustained in an accident.
This specific time limit depends on the state in which you live as well
as the type of accident you suffered. In the state of Georgia, you have
two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in court. For claims against
the city or county, you have six months to file a claim.
6.I am guaranteed compensation to cover my losses: As with most things in life, there is no guarantee, even in a personal
injury case. Many cases might result in some type of settlement, but that
does not always mean the award is enough to cover a person’s medical
costs, lost wages, or other expenses incurred.
7.Personal injury lawsuits are often frivolous: One of the worst perpetuated stigmas associated with personal injury cases
is the idea that these lawsuits tend to be frivolous. The notorious McDonald’s
case from the ‘90’s when a woman filed a lawsuit after being
burned by the fast food chain’s hot coffee sparked a media frenzy
and fueled the belief that anything as common as being burned by hot coffee
could yield millions of dollars. In reality, most individuals who file
such lawsuits are legitimately injured in terrible accidents and are simply
trying to receive compensation for the expenses associated with it. Never
refuse to file a personal injury lawsuit out of fear for how it is perceived.
8.Holding out always results in more substantial settlements: Holding out, in some cases, might be a productive strategy, but often
the best thing you can do is negotiate a settlement to obtain compensation.
Choose a skilled personal injury attorney who is experienced in effectively
handling negotiations and you will be more likely to achieve the best results.
Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys
At The Weinstein Firm, LLC, our firm is founded on the principle that every
individual deserves to have aggressive and formidable representation when
they need it most. If you were the victim of a serious accident caused
by a negligent party, you have a right to pursue the compensation you
need and deserve during what is undoubtedly a challenging time in your
life. Our Atlanta firm handles a wide range of cases, including car accidents,
truck accidents, sexual abuse, child abuse, slip and fall accidents, and more.
For compassionate and diligent legal assistance, contact us today at (770)
435-7669 and schedule a free consultation.