If you’ve been injured in an accident, you may begin to research personal injury claims online to learn more about how to file and why you should file. But, don’t believe everything that you read. There are a lot of myths about personal injury cases circulating on the Internet that may mislead you. Learn the truth behind these common myths:
Myth: Compensation is guaranteed.
If you have been injured by another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. But, compensation is never guaranteed in any personal injury case. This is one of the reasons why you should work with an experienced personal injury attorney with a history of successfully reaching settlements and winning verdicts for his clients.
Myth: Your case will take years to complete.
A number of factors can influence how long a personal injury case will take, so it’s difficult to predict how long you will have to wait for your case to be resolved. But, it’s a misconception that most personal injury cases take years to complete. In fact, it’s estimated that about 90-95% of personal injury cases are resolved in pre-trial settlement negotiations. These cases can typically be resolved in about eight months to a year, depending on the complexity of the claim and severity of injuries.
Myth: Most personal injury claims are fraudulent.
Insurance companies want you to believe that people often file fraudulent personal injury cases, but that’s simply not the case. A personal injury attorney will not take a case unless he believes the plaintiff was genuinely injured and the defendant’s negligence was to blame. Because most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they don’t get compensated unless they win the case, it would be far too risky to work with someone who is lying about their injuries to scam the insurance company.
Myth: The at-fault party’s insurance company will pay for your medical bills as you incur them.
It’s true that the at-fault party’s insurance company may end up paying for any medical expenses you have incurred as a result of your injuries. However, the insurance company will not pay these expenses as they are incurred. Instead, they will pay you once you have reached a settlement or winning verdict in your case. That means that you will be responsible for paying for your medical bills until your personal injury case has been resolved.
Now that you know the truth behind these common personal injury myths, are you ready to file a claim? If so, contact Reisch Law Firm today to learn how you can recover compensation for your injuries. Call 303-291-0555 or fill out this online form to schedule a free consultation with our law office.