Being involved in a serious accident is an extremely unsettling, stressful experience that can leave injury victims at a loss when it comes to deciding what to do next.
It doesn’t help that there are very misleading myths in our culture about personal injury claims that lead to hesitation when it comes to reaching out for help. That’s one of the reasons that we believe that it’s so important that victims in our area speak to us when they’ve been hurt.
If you’ve been hurt due to somebody else’s mistakes, don’t let stigmas and myths like these keep you from standing up for your rights. We’ve represented over 20,000 injury victims since we opened our doors 30 years ago, and our team can help you understand your options with a free consultation.
Myth 1: “I will need to go to court for compensation if I pursue an injury claim.”
Many injury victims assume that they’ll need to go to court if a lawyer is involved in their claim. In reality, most personal injury claims do not require litigation, in part because negligent parties usually prefer to settle claims quickly and quietly rather than facing the harsher costs and penalties associated with a court case.
Myth 2: “If I decide to pursue a claim, I have plenty of time to speak with a personal injury attorney.”
It’s important not to put off consulting with an injury lawyer after you have been hurt in an accident. There are statutes of limitations on personal injury claims that limit how much time you have to pursue compensation. Speaking to an attorney as soon as possible also may make it easier to gather and retain evidence and other information pertinent to your case.
Myth 3: “I don’t need to speak with an injury lawyer because I wasn’t that badly hurt.”
It is common for some accident victims to postpone filing an injury claim when they only experience a few bumps and bruises immediately after an accident. Unfortunately, some of the most serious internal injuries take time to present themselves and result in significant hardships down the road.
If you’ve been in an accident, you may also deserve compensation for other losses such as property damage, lost wages, or pain and suffering.
Myth 4: “There is something frivolous about filing a personal injury claim after an accident.”
There is a stigma against personal injury lawsuits that is sometimes reflected in our culture that makes some victims hesitate to stand up for their rights. The truth is that the vast majority of injury claims are filed by people who have been seriously hurt by someone else’s negligence. Don’t let unfair and incorrect messages from the media keep you from coming forward.
The injury law team of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk has been fighting for the rights of injury victims in Tampa, Clearwater and the surrounding area for more than 30 years.
If you or a loved one has been seriously hurt, don’t let the myths surrounding personal injury claims stand in your way. Call us today for free consultation at 1-800-753-5203.