7 Myths and Facts of a Personal Injury Lawsuit
If you have suffered injury in an accident due to the carelessness or malice of another individual or entity, you have the right to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. However, the thought of taking this step has frightened many people. If you are one of them, it might be that you have bought into one of the common myths surrounding the process.
To set the record straight, here are some false impressions about personal injury law suits:
Myth #1: All personal injury suits are destined for the courtroom.
Fact #1: Of all personal injury cases ever brought, under 3 percent will see the inside of a courtroom. Most settle peaceably outside the halls of justice. However, it is vital that the defendant’s insurance company believe that you and your attorney have no qualms about taking your case to court if necessary. Litigation is like caring a large hammer it often times forces insurance companies into higher settlements.
Myth #2: A personal injury suit will cause me trouble and take too long to resolve.
Fact #2: It is true that a personal injury suit will require your involvement in some way. However, if your attorney knows what he or she is doing, your participation will be limited to such things as appearing at a deposition or getting a thorough medical examination. Of course, on the off-chance that your case does end up going to trial in court, you will have to show up there as well, but aside from that, a good attorney will do all the heavy lifting.
Myth #3: Too many people bring lawsuits for frivolous reasons. I don’t want to be one of them.
Fact #3: When you have endured an injury at the hands of another person, your suffering is far from frivolous. Although insurers and certain media reports may try to convince you otherwise, you deserve and have the right to fair compensation for all that you’ve been through including loss of income, loss of potential for future income, past and future pain and suffering, reimbursement of your medical expenses, loss of enjoyment of life, permanent disabilities, and any possible disfigurement.
Myth #4: If I sue for compensation, I’ll be sure to get a large settlement.
Fact #4: The simple act of suing for personal injury compensation does not automatically increase the size of your potential reparations. Insurers will use every trick in the book to avoid paying out on claims. That is why the assistance of a good personal injury attorney is so vital. At Lloyd Baker Injury Attorneys, we understand the strategies employed by insurance agencies to keep their payouts low, and this knowledge help us win the compensation that your suffering deserves.
Myth #5: The insurance companies will treat me fairly and have my best interests at heart.
Fact #5: The insurance companies have an interest in nothing more than their own bottom lines. Any offer they make to you may sound generous, but their best proposition will most likely never be as big as what you could recover with an experienced aggressive litigation attorney.
Myth #6: One lawyer is as good as another, and any attorney can handle my personal injury suit.
Fact #6: No two lawyers are alike, and not all are equally equipped to handle your specific case. In fact, many attorneys have never seen the inside of a courtroom. If you are to receive the maximum benefit from your personal injury case, you need to deal with an attorney who is able and willing to fight for your rights in a court of law if need be. The threat of an aggressive successful litigation attorney or team of attorneys like Lloyd Baker Injury Attorneys is a very powerful tool in obtaining much bigger compensation for your injury case.
Myth #7: Personal injury attorneys are too expensive, and I can’t afford to pay an upfront fee.
Fact #7: Most attorneys handle personal injury cases on a contingency basis. This means that you pay nothing unless and until we win your case, at which time a percentage of your damages will serve to satisfy our fee. This means we have a huge incentive to obtain the very most money we can for you. Insurance companies strongly discourage claimants from hiring a lawyer to protect their interests. Statistically represented claimants obtain much more money than self-represented claimants. Clearly, it is in your best interest to hire an aggressive personal injury attorney to fight for you and get you the most money possible.
If you have suffered personal injury due to the fault of another individual, you owe it to yourself to consider filing a personal injury suit. The Powerhouse Injury Attorneys(TM) at Lloyd Baker Injury Attorneys can provide the advice you need right now and aggressively represent you and protect your rights and obtain the proper fair compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation.