In the cut-throat world of law, no one wants to be on the wrong side of a case, especially if the injured has hired a personal injury lawyer. According to injury stats, at least one person suffers an accidental injury every second. Obviously, not all unintentional injuries are personal injuries capable of being addressed by a personal injury lawyer, but with motor vehicle injuries alone accounting for more than $416 billion in medical costs a year, there’s no harm in taking a free consultation because you could lose a fortune by settling on your own.
They are paying my bills, isn’t that enough?
At the forefront of your mind soon after an injury is money. Like those big green dollar sign glasses, all you can see are medical bills, repair bills, and lost work hours and you haven’t even left the scene of the accident yet. If things are complicated now, imagine how complicated things will be if you’ve suffered an injury and need extensive medical care or if your vehicle damage is beyond repair?
If you don’t choose to hire a personal injury lawyer at some point, an offer you can’t refuse from the lawyer or insurance company representing the one responsible is all you’ll see. All you have to do is sign on the dotted line and your bills will disappear. You can get back to life as it was before the accident. This is where the red light should start flashing.
Remember, if an insurance company or lawyer presents an offer before healing from the accident is complete, they know the offer is far less than you’d get with a personal injury lawyer. You’ll receive a low-ball offer when you’re at the peak of anxiety over bills and missed work and pain making it all the more alluring to sign and settle.
Accidents can happen anywhere
When the topic of personal injury lawyers comes up, the first thing that comes to mind, in many cases, is a motor vehicle accident. That doesn’t mean, though, you should leave out the occasional slip and fall injury. Slip and fall injuries are often more difficult because you have no idea what information you need to prove who’s liable. Unlike a motor vehicle accident, the police department may not be there to take statements from witnesses. Maybe you fell in a store or on the steps of a government building. How comfortable do you feel taking on a big company or the US government to recover medical expenses and loss of pay, let alone money for pain and suffering? Remember the hot coffee case in 1982? A 79-year-old woman spilled hot coffee from a McDonald’s in the United States on her lap and, thanks to her personal injury lawyer, she was awarded almost $3 million. Interestingly enough, she initially asked for $20,000, and McDonald’s only offered $800—big mistake for the golden arches.
Common misconceptions about personal injuries
If you’re still not convinced your case requires a personal injury lawyer, take a gander at five common misconceptions and you’ll likely find you’ve thought of at least one.
1. Medical treatment begins after a case settles.
2. Personal injury cases are always drawn out.
3. Personal injury cases guarantee compensation.
4. You don’t need a lawyer.
5. You can’t afford a lawyer.
If any of these five common misconceptions about personal injury cases have ever crossed your mind, you’ve been duped. Not one of these statements speaks the truth and, unfortunately, once you sign on the bottom line without a personal injury lawyer, there’s no going back if you later realize it was a mistake.