Myths About Personal Injury ClaimsTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. May 30, 2019
There are a number of myths about personal injury claims, and here we clear up some of the most common myths.
Myth #1: Personal Injury Claims are Frivolous
Many people have a negative impression of personal injury claims and believe that the majority of them are frivolous. While there is a very small percentage of frivolous claims out there, the vast majority of personal injury claims are filed for a valid reason. When someone has been injured due to the negligence of another person, they usually have medical bills and lost time from work. An injury victim deserves to be compensated for these bills that they’ve incurred through someone else’s negligence. A victim also deserves to be compensated for any pain and suffering they’ve experienced as the result of an accident. A personal injury claim is an avenue for pursuing that compensation.
Myth #2: It Costs a Lot of Money to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be hesitant to hire a lawyer because you don’t believe you can afford one. The majority of personal injury lawyers in Tampa, including Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, operate on a contingency basis. This means that the client pays no money up front and the attorney receives a percentage of any compensation recovered.
Myth #3: All Personal Injury Claims Go to Trial
Some people believe that most personal injury claims are resolved after a lengthy trial. However, the majority of personal injury cases never go to trial. Most cases settle before the need for a trial. Nonetheless, the attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk are prepared to take a case to trial in the unlikely event that it becomes necessary.
Myth #4: I Have Plenty of Time to File a Personal Injury Claim
This is one of the most common misconceptions about personal injury claims. When you’ve been injured, you have to keep in mind that there is a statute of limitations that can prevent you from filing a lawsuit against the negligent party if you wait too long. In addition, if you plan to hire an attorney, it is important to get them involved as soon as possible. An attorney may need to conduct an investigation into your claim, and the longer you wait, the more likely it is that evidence will disappear.
Myth #5: Personal Injury Claims Can Take Years to Settle
The length of time it takes for a personal injury claim to settle depends entirely on the particular circumstances of your case. However, very few cases take years to settle.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
If you’ve been injured due to someone’s negligence, you should have an experienced personal injury attorney evaluate your case. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience helping the injured, and we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact us online or call us at 800-538-4878 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.