If you have suffered an injury in an accident caused by a negligent party, you have the right to bring a personal injury lawsuit against them. However, many people have a lot of misconceptions and preconceived notions about the entire legal process.
In order to set the record straight, here are some false impressions about personal injury claims:
- Myth #1: I do not need a lawyer. Fact: After an accident, insurance providers may attempt to settle the case directly with you. Unfortunately, insurance companies always try to pay as little as possible to settle claims, which means you may miss out on recovering the full amount of your entitled compensation without the legal help of an attorney.
- Myth #2: I have to pay an attorney a retainer up front to handle my case. Fact: Most personal injury attorneys do not ask for any money upfront or during the course of your lawsuit. Instead, they work on a “contingency fee” basis, meaning you do not have to pay anything unless you win your case.
- Myth #3: I have to settle my case in court. Fact: Nearly all personal injury cases never go to trial. Since going to trial involves court fees and added attorney fees, an experienced lawyer will attempt to settle your case as soon as it is practical to do so.
- Myth #4:I can only be compensated for physical injuries. Fact: Not all injuries are physical in nature. You can be still be compensated for emotional and psychological injuries.
- Myth #5: I can take as much time as I want to choose whether or not to sue. Fact: The statute of limitations sets out a strict time limit on how long you have to file a personal injury lawsuit. In Virginia, you have until two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit, or else you cannot do anything once the date has passed.