It doesn’t matter which area of the law you are talking about, there are always going to be myths and misconceptions surrounding it. Personal injury claims and lawsuits are no different, as they have many common misconceptions about them. These common misconceptions can easily lead people from filing personal injury claims against those whose gross negligence or malicious intent has caused them harm.
We’ve compiled a list of the most common myths and misconceptions surrounding personal injury claims, lawsuits, and lawyers, so you can get the correct information before you file your own personal injury claim.
- Personal injury lawsuits take years. It is truly impossible to determine how long your personal entry lawsuit will take because no two cases are the same. There are some cases that are incredibly complicated and could take years to resolve, while others are more straightforward and could be solved in a matter of months. It is important to note that your personal injury lawyer is going to do everything in their power to complete your personal injury claim as soon as possible.
- Your insurance will cover all of your costs if you’re injured. While this would be correct in a perfect world, it simply isn’t the case. Your insurance company’s primary concern is their bottom line. For the most part, insurance companies only pay about 50% of the costs that are often associated with motor vehicle accidents. As this is one of the most common reasons for personal injury, it is not a shock that often car accident victims pay about 25% of their injury or crash costs out of their own pocket.
- The person responsible for your injuries will pay out-of-pocket for them. There are some motor vehicle accident victims who may not want to file personal injury claims against the other driver because they believe the other driver will pay solely out-of-pocket. This simply isn’t true because the reality is in most personal injury cases, the person that is guilty of causing injuries cannot be paying out of their own pocket for your pain-and-suffering. The at-fault person’s insurance will be the one paying the settlement or award.
- You’re greedy if you file a personal injury lawsuit. This is one of the most common misconceptions surrounding personal injury law and is often why people don’t pursue a personal injury claim. You’re not greedy for needing your medical expenses and property damage repairs covered. If you are the victim of another person’s negligence and malicious intent, there is a chance that you could recover the money from these unexpected expenses. By filing lawsuits, people are going to be held responsible for the harm they cause and it possibly could help mitigate the property damage and injuries caused to others in the future.
It can be difficult to know what is truth and what is fiction when it comes to personal injury lawsuits. It is why we suggest finding a qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer, like our friends at Greenspan & Greenspan P.C., for more information about personal injury law.