Updated: Sep 1
Each year, about 200,000 car crashes occur in the state of Florida a year. These accidents can cause minor or sometimes even long-term injuries. If you were in a car accident because of someone else’s negligence or fault, you may be entitled to compensation through filing a personal injury claim. A personal injury lawyer can help guide you through the process and help you receive compensation for any injuries you sustain, medical bills, lost wages and more.
9 Myths About Personal Injury Cases…
When it comes to personal injury cases, the attorneys at Demesmin and Dover law firm are experts. We care about our clients, fight for them to gain the compensation they deserve, and try to provide them with all the information they need. Therefore, we went through some personal injury case myths and misconceptions.
Myth 1: Personal Injury Claims take Forever to Resolve
The time a personal injury case takes resolve varies on a case to case basis. Some cases are more complicated, while others are more straightforward to handle. Your personal injury attorney will do everything that is possible to process the claim as soon as possible.
It is also important to note that most personal injury claims don’t even make it to a courtroom; they are mostly solved in settlements outside of a courtroom. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, says that the percentage of personal injury cases that go to trial in the U.S. is about 4% to 5%, meaning that 95% to 96% of cases are settled pre-trial.
Myth 2: Minor Injuries Don’t Need Personal Injury Cases Filed
You don’t need to have a severe traumatic injury to file a personal injury claim. It’s also important to note that what might seem like nothing on the day of the accident may be more severe given a few days. These minor injuries may require x-ray, hospital visits, and more, which can get expensive. Therefore, if you were not at fault, you should not be responsible for paying for another person’s negligence and should file a personal injury claim even with “minor injuries”.
Myth 3: Filing a Personal Injury Claim puts the financial burden on the at Fault Party
If you are worried about filing a personal injury claim because you think the at-fault party will have to pay out of pocket, this is not the case. Most times, it is the at-fault party’s insurance company that will pay the settlements or award.
Myth 4: Having insurance means I don’t need a Personal Injury Lawyer.
Even if you have insurance, having a personal injury attorney can help guide you through the process and help you reach the proper settlement.
Myth 5: Personal Injury Claims can be filled whenever
Most states have a statute of limitation, Florida specifically has a 4 year timeframe to file a lawsuit. This is also dependent on what type of accident you have been involved in. It is important that you note the statute of limitation in whatever state you are filing your case in.
Myth 6: Holding out will result in a Larger Settlement
Finding a good personal injury attorney is the key element here. They will negotiate the best settlement for you and it is a more effective tactic than holding out for a better result. It is also important to note that once a settlement is reached that is it no further compensation can be rewarded.
Myth 7: Compensation is guaranteed
Although many cases result in some sort of settlement, no one is guaranteed compensation. Personal injury cases are not ‘easy money’, judges and rulings are different on a case-to-case basis. So just because you file a personal injury case, doesn’t mean you are guaranteed compensation.
Myth 8: The Courts are Clogged with Personal Injury Cases
As we mentioned in our first point, most cases actually never make it to trial and are usually settled outside of a courtroom. Therefore, the court is not clogged with personal injury cases.
Myth 9: You can’t sue your Own Insurance
If your insurance company tries to deny you the compensation you are entitled to, then you absolutely can do so. You may take legal actions against your insurer.
Attorneys that Can Help with your Personal Injury Case
If you are looking for a law firm that will help you throughout your personal injury case, call Demesmin and Dover Law Firm. We will fight for you to get the compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation today!