Personal injury law isn’t as known as divorce or family law. However, just like any other section of the law, there are plenty of myths and misconceptions about it. It can be had to know what is the truth and what is a lie when it comes from people you trust. The sad part is, that many people still believe that these things are true.
We’ve compiled the most common myths surrounding personal injury law to help you know the facts about it. We want you to know what to expect if you have a personal injury claim.
Personal Injury Cases Take Too Long
Many people think that all personal injury cases take too long to settle. This can often turn people away from pursuing a claim. The truth is, that many cases are settled outside of the courtroom. The cases that do go to court do take longer to settle though. The length of a personal injury claim is going to vary from claim to claim because of the different complications that can happen. The severity of the case greatly impacts the length the case takes to settle, but don’t let that deter you from making a claim.
If You Have Insurance You Don’t Need a Personal Injury Lawyer
This isn’t true. Your insurance company is going to try to give you the lowest amount of money for your damages. They are not your friend. They also do not have your best interest in mind. Their goal is to meet their bottom line, not have to pay you money for your claim. This is where a lawyer can help. A lawyer has the experience to handle the insurance company and help you with your claim.
You Can File a Personal Injury Claim Whenever You Want
This isn’t true either. There is a statute of limitations for all personal injury claims. This is going to vary from state to state so you will need to look at your local laws. For example, in Texas, the statute of limitations is two years for a personal injury claim. While it may seem like a long time, it should be used to collect all the pieces of evidence needed for you to prove your claim. You also cannot reopen a claim once compensation has been accepted. This means if you accepted a payment from the insurance company then that counts as a settlement.
As you can see there are plenty of misconceptions about what a personal injury case is and can do. When you file a personal injury claim you should know all the facts. This is why we know our friends at John K. Zaid & Associates are among the ones who can give you trusted advice on what to look for in a personal injury lawyer and what you can expect with your case.