5 Myths About Personal Injury Claims
If you’ve been injured in a vehicle accident, suffered a slip and fall, or been injured in another way as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may hesitate to contact Louisiana personal injury attorneys to file a claim. Many myths surround this type of case, so you may not have the facts you need to make the best possible decision.
The following are 5 myths about personal injury claims:
1-Personal injury lawsuits are frivolous.
You may see media coverage of frivolous personal injury lawsuits, which represent a tiny percentage of cases. And these accounts often don’t tell the entire story, preferring to sensationalize cases without the facts behind them. The idea that all or most personal injury lawsuits are frivolous is highly inaccurate. Most involve people who suffered legitimate injuries through someone else’s negligence.
2-A personal injury claim can be filed at any time.
Many people believe that you can wait an indefinite period of time to file a lawsuit. They may wait to see if their injuries improve and miss their opportunity to file a claim. That’s because each state has a statute of limitations, which limits the amount of time you have to file a claim after your injury. In Louisiana, you’ll usually have one year, and if this time limit expires, you’ve permanently lost your chance to file a claim.
3-You may not need a lawyer if your injuries aren’t serious.
Even if your injuries seem relatively minor, a personal injury attorney can protect and represent your interests. The defendant’s insurance company will probably want to offer you a very small amount of money that may not even cover your medical expenses. And the possibility exists that smaller injuries could become more problematic as time passes. For example, a concussion could leave you with long-term effects such as severe headaches, or a cut could become infected even if you take proper care of it.
4-You’ll have to pay your attorney money to take your case.
You may have medical bills, lost wages, and other financial difficulties and might assume there’s no way you could afford a Louisiana personal injury attorney. However, most personal injury lawyers, work on a contingency basis. This means we don’t change you unless we win your case.
5-If you want to receive compensation, you’ll have to go to court.
Many people think that all personal injury claims require a long, drawn out process that always involves going to court if you want to receive compensation for your injuries. Each case is different, however. The other party’s insurance company may resist paying a fair settlement, most claims settle before they ever go to court.
Skilled Louisiana Personal Injury Attorneys
If you’ve been injured, call the Louisiana personal injury attorneys at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys at (504) 345-1111. Our office opens from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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