Myths and Misconceptions about Personal Injury and Personal Injury Law:
There are many common myths and misconceptions about Personal Injury and Personal Injury Law, and in this section, we'll try to address a few of the more common ones.
Myth #1: Personal Injury Attorneys are "ambulance chasers"
Unfortunately, there are plenty of people who tend to think of personal injury attorneys as "ambulance chasers" and that name often gets tossed around a lot, whether jokingly or not. This may be in part due to the fact that personal injury settlements usually involve significant amounts of money and therefore it becomes a competitive field for many in the legal industry.
Any legitimate injury one suffers as a result of someone else's personal negligence is grounds for a lawsuit. Fair compensation and a means to sustain a living are provided for under the rule of law and nobody should ever feel discouraged about seeking a personal injury attorney in order to receive a settlement.
In fact, due to the complexity of our legal system, far too often people end up losing claims and receiving far less or nothing at all simply by acting before consulting an attorney - so it is imperative to get proper representation from an experienced personal injury attorney before you talk to anyone about your personal injury case.
Myth #2: It will take too much effort to pursue my claim.
Let's be realistic - personal injury cases definitely involve a lot of time and effort in order to present a solid case or a strong argument if the case goes to court and an attorney with a strong work ethic and attention to detail is certainly prepared to take on this challenge. It could take several months to prepare and resolve a personal injury claim, and the time required tends to increase with the severity of the injuries. But you can't let that discourage you, because essentially, that's exactly what your personal injury attorney is here for.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, only about five percent of personal injury cases go to trial, with the other 95 percent being settled pretrial.
The reason for this is because taking these claims to court can be a lengthy and expensive process. Additional litigation also adds to the expense. Reaching a settlement out of court will speed up the process of getting you the compensation you are entitled to with minimal expenses incurred.
In the event that your case does go to trial, you're going to want to make sure your personal injury attorney has experience at trial in a courtroom specifically dealing with personal injury cases. The defense is not going to spare any expense in trying to minimize any payout for the Plaintiff's claims and it's important that your attorney presents a strong case with plenty of evidence and witness testimony while delivering clear and concise opening statements and closing arguments in order to convince the jury to side for you as well.
Myth #3: Holding out will net you a better settlement.
You greatly increase your chances of reaching an amicable settlement by contacting a personal injury attorney as soon as you are injured. But deciding to hold out by refusing a settlement will not necessarily bring you a better settlement.
Unfortunately, a lot of people tend to assume that because they were injured in an accident, they are going to be taken care of the rest of their life. In some cases, this may be true, but it is not realistic to expect. Accidents cause serious injuries to innocent victims and should never be considered as gifts.
Your personal injury case is designed to present legitimate claims for injuries you've sustained as a result of the negligence of another person. But no matter how well your medical expenses, lost wages and your cause is documented, the insurance companies simply aren't interested in playing fairly.
Choosing an Attorney:
If you don't have an experienced Tampa personal injury attorney on your side, you are going to have a difficult time making a claim and getting a proper settlement to fully compensate you for your injuries and losses. At Fernandez Law Group, our Tampa personal injury attorneys only accept only serious, legitimate cases. Clients can have confidence in our experience and commitment to go far as necessary to make a substantial and meaningful difference in the lives of injured citizens.
Call or Text us today at 813-489-3222 for a FREE consultation and case evaluation.
Content authored by Frank Fernandez