There are a lot of misconceptions out there about personal injury lawsuits. But, it’s time to separate fact from fiction. Mark A. Simon, Denver personal injury attorney, discusses the truth behind these common myths:
Myth: Personal injury victims are guaranteed compensation.
Victims who have been injured because of someone else’s negligence—say in a car or truck accident—may be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses and lost wages, but this is never a guarantee. Each case is unique, and in order to insure you will recover compensation it’s important to talk to an expert.
Myth: You don’t need a personal injury attorney for minor injuries.
Some victims feel their injuries are far too minor to warrant a lawsuit, but this is not the case. Insurance companies involved in personal injury cases will try to get you to settle for far less than you deserve, especially when your injury is minor. The insurance adjuster will try to convince you the injury is so small, you aren’t entitled to more than what he is offering you. This is why you need a lawyer for injuries big or small—to help you deal with these insurance companies and recover the compensation you need to cover medical expenses and future expenses that may arise due to this accident.
Myth: The at-fault party has to pay out of pocket.
If you are injured, you may think the at-fault party will have to pay for your expenses out of his or her pocket. But in the majority of cases, the at-fault party’s insurance company will foot the bill for your injuries. However, your expenses are not paid as you incur them. For example, if you are released from the hospital after a car accident, don’t expect the at-fault party’s insurance company to offer to pay your bill. The insurance company will typically not issue any checks until a settlement has been reached to cover all expenses associated with the injury.
Myth: Personal injury cases can go on forever.
Some victims are hesitant to file a personal injury lawsuit because they may have heard the legal proceedings can take years to complete. But the truth is, most personal injury cases are wrapped up within 8-12 months. This timeline may be even shorter if both parties reach a settlement prior to going to court. Learn more about how long it will take to settle your personal injury claim
Myth: Victims can ask for more money after their case has been settled.
Once a personal injury case has been settled, victims cannot file another lawsuit to ask for more money. This is why it’s imperative that you work with a personal injury attorney who can fight to ensure you receive what you deserve before you settle. If you settle and then realize years down the road that the settlement does not cover your expenses, it’s too late to ask for more.
If you have any questions about your personal injury case, attorney Mark A. Simon can help. If you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, call us at 303-321-4878 or contact Mark A. Simon
to discuss your rights during a free consultation.