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3 myths about personal injury lawsuits

If you have suffered an injury in a motor vehicle accident, a slip-and-fall accident, or a pedestrian or bicycle accident, you may be wondering if you have a potential case to take to a personal injury attorney. These lawyers help clients who have injuries as a result of negligence on the part of another driver or individual that led to the accident and injury.

While not every injury necessarily qualifies as a lawsuit, many injuries do have the appropriate legal grounds for pursuing a case in court. However, misconceptions abound. Here are some myths regarding personal injury lawsuits.

1. It costs too much money to hire a personal injury attorney.

Many people who suffer injuries as the result of negligence by another driver or a company decide not to pursue a lawsuit because they believe it is too costly to do so. The truth is that many personal injury attorneys offer free initial consultations to help you determine whether or not you have a viable case to pursue. In addition, many attorneys accept personal injury cases on a contingency basis, which means you do not have to put up any money upfront or pay the legal fees if the attorney is unable to secure compensation in your case.

2. I am working with the insurance company, so I do not need an attorney.

Insurance companies often encourage personal injury victims to settle their cases immediately and outside of the court system, and denied claims are not uncommon. What is problematic here is that insurance company representatives do not have the injured party's best interests in mind, but rather their own company's bottom line. Insurance companies are very experienced in negotiating matters to ensure their own well-being. Hiring a personal injury attorney is often one of the only ways to successfully fight back against an insurance company and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

3. My case is going to be worth millions.

A common misconception about personal injury cases is that they always "pay out" millions of dollars in settlements. A personal injury attorney can give you a realistic idea of what your potential case may be worth in terms of compensation. Not all cases are the same, and it is a good idea for you to approach your case from the standpoint of what it may actually be worth, rather than basing your hopes on other cases. 

You should not immediately dismiss the possibility of pursuing a personal injury lawsuit if you suffered an injury due to negligence. The first step is to contact a qualified personal injury attorney and go through an initial consultation about the particulars of your situation.

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