If you are injured in an accident because of someone else’s negligent actions, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation. However, there are many myths regarding personal injuries that may influence how you go about the process, which can have a negative impact on the end result. Don’t allow these mistaken beliefs to hinder your ability to recover damages. Here are 5 common myths about personal injury claims you should know.
1. If You Are Injured, You Automatically Receive Compensation
Compensation is never guaranteed in any personal injury case. Factors such as the severity of your injuries, whether or not you can prove liability and how well documented your injuries and expenses are will affect your chances of receiving compensation.
2. Personal Injury Lawsuits Can Be Filed Any Time
In every state, there are time limits, called statutes of limitations, for the filing of lawsuits. In Florida, you have 4 years from the day you are injured to make a personal injury claim.
3. Personal Injury Cases Last a Long Time
You may be surprised to learn that most personal injury claims are settled before they even get to court. While it’s true that certain cases can take years to settle, many take less than a year.
4. A Personal Injury Attorney Is Not Needed
While you can represent yourself in court, a personal injury lawyer is highly recommended to help you negotiate with an insurance company, collect medical documents and maximize the compensation you receive. Someone who understands the legal issues and processes involved in your case may improve your chances of success.
5. A Personal Injury Attorney Is Unaffordable
Personal injury attorneys will generally take a case on a contingency-fee basis, meaning you will not owe any legal fees for the lawyer’s service until they obtain compensation for you. This allows you access to an experienced attorney who you might not be able to afford at the time of the injury.
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Since 1993, our experienced Daytona Beach personal injury attorneys at Politis & Matovina, P.A. have obtained more than $200 million for our clients. We provide representation for cases involving car accidents, truck wrecks, work injuries and workers’ compensation.
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