It’s tough to learn the facts about personal injury cases—each case is so different based on the injuries involved and the circumstances of what caused them that it’s next to impossible to make a step-by-step guide to personal injury that applies to everyone. And when you’re not versed in law and courtroom procedure, any resources you may find become more difficult to understand. That being said, it’s then easy for wrong information to be spread in place of the more accurate, less discernible information. Here are four common myths about personal injury cases and why they’re incorrect.
- Quick settlement = Large settlement
Rushing to settle rarely if ever ends with the best possible outcome—regardless of how fair the first settlement offer is, you may not have realized the full extent of your injuries yet or the extent treatment required to heal them. Meaning you may not have seen your grand total yet when it comes to medical bills and associated costs. You’ll also want to seek legal counsel before settling to be sure you’re getting the compensation you need.
- Large firm = Large settlement
Larger firms may seem more impressive and the way to go at a glance, but a smaller firm has the ability to take more time to get to know you, your case, and the background of the accident. Rather than settle your case as soon as possible to get another case through their pipeline like a larger firm, a small firm has the ability to make sure you only settle for your case’s best possible outcome.
- Hiring a lawyer is expensive and there’s always an upfront fee.
The majority of personal injury cases are handled on contingency. A contingency fee allows a lawyer to collect a percentage from your settlement as payment for their services, which is just one more reason for your lawyer to fight hard for the best settlement they can get you. At Boughter Sinak, LLC, upfront fees aren’t an issue—we offer a free consultation to talk the details of your case.
- You must pay all of your medical bills as you go through treatment.
If your medical treatment is expensive enough that you’re unable to pay your bills during the healing process, your attorney may be able to work with your doctor(s) to secure a lien to your settlement. A lien is an agreement that your doctor will be paid from your settlement before you receive the balance, but it will hold off the demand to pay until after your case is settled.
The pain and suffering that comes along with an accident or personal injury can be overwhelming. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact us today for a free consultation.