Truth Behind 3 Common Personal Injury Lawyer Myths

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Have you been injured in an incident that wasn't your fault? Are you struggling to pay your medical bills and other expenses? Getting into an accident is never good. But it can seem even worse if you're not able to get the compensation that you deserve. If this sounds like you, you probably need to hire an attorney to assist you with your case. Unfortunately, there are many myths and misconceptions that may be preventing you from getting the assistance that you require. Some of the truths behind some of these misconceptions include:

If your case is important enough, lawyers will contact you. Lawyers are sometimes called "ambulance chasers" in a way that makes people think that, if they wait patiently enough, someone will come along to take their case and/or offer them money up front. The truth is that a personal injury lawyer simply doesn't have the time or the inclination to go check accident reports for someone who might hire him or her. While some high-profile lawyers might get clients this way, your case is probably not enough to interest them; especially if it's been more than a couple days since your accident. Instead, most lawyers will only take the cases of people who call or who come into the office. 

You don't need a lawyer to get an insurance settlement. This is partly true, in that an insurance company may still offer you a settlement even without a lawyer. However, without a personal injury lawyer, the insurance company may not be taking your claims as seriously as they should. As a result, they will generally offer a settlement that is much lower than is sufficient to cover all of your bills. You're likely due more than this. An experienced lawyer will be able to talk with the insurance company and get them to take you more seriously.

You're probably not going to win anyway, so don't bother. While it's true that many false claims are dismissed every year, you're likely to get something if you have enough evidence to back up your case. Since legal issues can be complex and confusing, it's not always easy for the average person to tell what is evidence and what is not. Representing yourself could, indeed, have your case thrown out for a lack of evidence. But a good personal injury lawyer can help sort out evidence from irrelevant data, helping to bolster your claim. This makes it much more likely that you'll get a viable settlement offer or have the court rule in your favor. 

Talk with an attorney like Walsh Fewkes Sterba today.


12 June 2017