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Common Personal Injury Myths

We know that many people don’t spend time with personal injury attorneys unless they are facing a very difficult time. Because of the unfamiliarity many people have, it’s not surprising that myths spring up about personal injury cases and lawyers. We’re here to set the record straight on these myths so you can get the help you need when you need it.

Myth #1: Personal Injury Attorneys are Expensive to Hire

The truth is, it is often free to talk with a personal injury lawyer about your case during an initial consultation. If you decide to hire a personal injury lawyer, they probably will use a type of fee structure called a “contingency fee.” Unlike divorce and criminal attorneys, that may take a retainer up front and bill you for their time, a personal injury lawyer only gets paid if you do. Rather than paying for them out of pocket, they will take a percentage of your settlement or verdict award as their fee. Your attorney may even fight for their fees to be covered in addition to the compensation you deserve, so you will pay little or nothing for their services.

The reason contingency fees are common in personal injury law is simple. Every client deserves stellar legal representation throughout their case, regardless of their ability to pay. By taking a percentage of what your attorney helps you win for your case, they ensure that you pay nothing out of pocket for their services.

Myth #2: Your Insurance Will Cover All Your Costs

Often, your insurance company will pay the least they can get away with, since they are only in it for the profits. This means you may struggle to get the appropriate compensation to cover all your damages and expenses. Your insurance company isn’t always on your side, especially when it comes to paying you for your injuries.

Myth #3: The Responsible Party Will Pay Out of Pocket

This also isn’t strictly true, though it can be. Typically the responsible party’s insurance company, whether it be homeowner’s insurance, auto insurance, or other insurance policies, will be the one covering your expenses. Many individuals would have trouble paying your medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs from their own finances, so their insurance would become responsible for these expenses. In some cases, such as uninsured or underinsured drivers, you may have to turn to your own insurance company for your claim. This is why it is extremely important to carry an uninsured/underinsured motorist policy with your auto insurance.

Myth #4: It’s Not Worth Talking to an Attorney for Minor Injuries

What appears to be only minor injuries can actually be significant injuries later on, if you don’t receive proper treatment. Don’t let your chance of compensation be lost simply because you felt that your injuries weren’t severe enough to warrant it. Even if your injuries seem minor, medical bills can add up quickly. It’s important to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible after the fact. Remember, you won’t have to pay out of pocket for your injury attorney to fight for you.

Myth #5: You Can File an Injury Lawsuit at Any Time

This myth is one of the most serious myths. Many people miss out on the chance to fight for compensation, simply because they aren’t aware that there is a time limit to file a claim. In Texas, the statute of limitation for personal injury claims is 2 years. This means you have 2 years from the date of the accident to file a claim and recover compensation for your injuries. Don’t wait to get in touch with an experienced personal injury attorney after your accident.

If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of another person or company, you deserve to receive compensation. Medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses can quickly add up, and you shouldn’t have to pay them out of pocket if you were the victim of negligent behavior. Let the Dean Law Firm fight for you. Our Midland-Odessa personal injury lawyers have years of experience in personal injury law and care about you and your family.

Get started today with a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. Contact our offices by calling (432) 214-8125.