On popular TV shows, accident attorneys literally chase ambulances. News reports cover multi-million-dollar cases, making personal injury lawsuits look like a get-rich-quick scheme.
If you suffer from an injury, these stereotypes and myths may prevent you from seeking the help you need.
Only greedy people file personal injury lawsuits
Average personal injury cases rarely make the news, but over 95 million people visit emergency rooms every year for unintentional injuries. Serious injuries lead to high medical bills and lost wages. If another person or a business caused your injury, you have the right to file a lawsuit to recover the money needed to pay for your treatment and recovery.
Hiring a lawyer costs too much
Personal injury lawyers typically offer a confidential consultation to review your case. Many personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis. This means that your attorney is only paid after your case is successfully resolved. Fixed hourly rates add up quickly, but a contingency arrangement gives your attorney an incentive to fight hard for you — they only get paid when you get paid.
The process takes too long
You may have to attend meetings and hearings over several weeks, but many personal injury lawsuits settle in the early stages. A trial is not always necessary. Your attorney will work to help you resolve your case quickly so you can focus on recovery.
Do not let these misconceptions prevent you from filing a personal injury lawsuit. You should pursue compensation to assist with medical bills and lost wages while you heal.