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Personal Injury Myths

Personal Injury Myths

Posted By The Weinstein Firm, LLC || 4-Jul-2017

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.

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