Being physically injured can throw your entire life into turmoil. Not only are you facing medical bills, but if you can’t work your finances can be ruined. It can be damaging to your body but also to your emotional well-being and to the emotional well-being of your family. And one of the worst parts about being injured is dealing with the filing of a personal injury claim with the insurance company of, for example, someone who has hit you with their vehicle.
For those facing a personal injury claim there are often some common misconceptions that they need to get past if they want to collect what they are entitled to. Below we discuss some of these misconceptions.
You Don’t Need an Attorney for a Personal Injury Claim
Oftentimes people who have been injured through the acts or negligence of another think they either don’t need an attorney or that they can wait to see how things shake out for a bit before they hire one.
There are a couple of things to remember when it comes to this misconception: 1) Time is of the essence. The more time that goes on, the tougher your case will be to bring to a successful conclusion. Not only is there a statute of limitations at play when it comes to your claim, but the insurance company that you are dealing with may make a lowball offer that may seem enticing to those who are not getting good legal advice. Many personal injury cases can be quite complex and it’s important to have someone with experience by your side as soon as possible. 2) Waiting to hire an attorney costs your eventual attorney time that they could have used investigating your case and building it. If you waste time not getting good legal advice and taking care of things on your own, not only could you say or do some things that can hurt your case, you could also end up taking a settlement that is much below what you could have gotten for your injury if you would have had a lawyer.
By Filing A Personal Injury Claim or Suing, You are Hurting Someone Else
It’s important to remember that when you file a personal injury claim, you are not fighting the person responsible for your injury; you are negotiating with their insurance carrier. These are large companies have been paid by their customers to handle situations like personal injury claims. They have a large pool of customers for the precise reason of spreading risk around.
If you have been injured through the actions or negligence of another, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Sternberg / Forsythe, P.A or call 561-687-5660 for a consultation.