What are 4 most common myths about personal injury claims?
If someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior injured you, consider talking to a personal injury lawyer, because New York law may entitle you to compensation for your medical bills, lost time at work, property damage, and pain and suffering. However, when considering whether to speak to an injury attorney or to file a claim, understand the many myths surrounding personal injury lawyers and the personal injury process. Familiarizing yourself with the following list of common myths will help you make a more informed decision when deciding whether to file a personal injury claim.
Myth 1: You Don’t Need a Lawyer to File a Personal Injury Claim
While you can file a claim against an insurance company without a personal injury lawyer, it is rarely advisable. Personal injury law is complex—and so is negotiating without understanding the law and insurance company tactics. Insurance companies will attempt to settle your case for as little money as possible. Any settlement you reach will likely amount to less than you deserve. Insurance companies do not want to go to trial, so you will generally receive a larger settlement if you hire a lawyer to negotiate on your behalf.
Myth 2: Lawyers Are Expensive
Most personal injury lawyers charge contingency fees ( ‘What is A Contingency Fee In New York Personal Injury Claim’ ) to take cases. Rather than charging you by the hour, in a contingent fee arrangement, the lawyer agrees to accept a fixed percentage. Often that’s a one-third of the total amount you recover in court if you win or settle the case. If you lose, neither you nor the lawyer will get any money. You will not need to pay for any work your attorney does on your case.
Myth 3: I Can Always File My Claim Later
Every state has its own statute of limitations, a law placing time limits on how long you have to file a claim. In New York, the statute of limitations ( ‘Statutes of Limitation in New York Personal Injury Cases’ ) for most personal injury claims gives you three years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit. ( ‘Statute of Limitations – Don’t let it run out and lose’ )
Myth 4: Minor Injuries Do Not Warrant Personal Injury Lawyers
Even if your injuries are minor, you are still entitled to coverage for your medical expenses. Insurance companies will try to offer you the lowest possible amount for minor injuries. Their offers are rarely enough to cover the most basic medical expenses. A personal injury lawyer can help you receive a fair settlement. ( ‘Should You Call an Attorney if You Sustain Only Minor Injuries In A Car Accident?‘ )
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