Common Myths About Personal Injury Claims


If someone’s negligence, recklessness, or wrongdoing caused you to have an accident which resulted in injuries, then you may be able to consider hiring an NYC Personal Injury Lawyer to file a personal injury claim on your behalf. A personal injury claim is a legal process of seeking compensation for the pain and suffering along with the damages another party has caused due to their negligence or recklessness.

New York Law holds that victims of personal injury accidents may be entitled to compensation for damages such as medical bills, lost time at work and by extension, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damages, and more.

However, if you have been involved in such an accident as this and are willing to file a personal injury claim, there are some common myths that will pop up from friends, family members or during your research into cases like this. Below are some of the common personal injury claims myths you should avoid.

  1.     You Do Not Need A Lawyer To File Your Personal Injury Claim

This is perhaps the most common and most devastating myth regarding your personal injury claim case. This myth is devastating because it has led to the loss of several viable cases. Your personal injury claim is only as strong as your attorney. Failing to hire an attorney to represent your interest puts you in a bad legal spot as you are not equipped with the legal expertise to properly defend your rights in and out of court. Hiring an experienced attorney, however, is one of the best ways to increase the odds in your favor. A qualified attorney understands what needs to be done with regards to evidence gathering, hiring of expert witnesses to recreate and validate the case, determination of the worth of your personal injury claim, negotiation with insurance companies, and overall protection of your right to be compensated for the damages you have suffered.

  1.     Personal Injury Lawyers Are Expensive

Most people are familiar with the hourly billing cycle of lawyers from movies and documentaries, however, an NYC Personal Injury Lawyer understands that their client should instead of worrying about financial payout, focus on recuperation and this is why most lawyers offer a better financial agreement with their clients, representing them aggressively and only getting paid a certain percentage of the overall payout in compensation. This contingency fee arrangement additionally guarantees such a client that the attorney is invested in their case and is ready to go above and beyond to ensure that the full worth of the case is paid in compensation to the victim. If however, you lose the case, you are not entitled to pay the attorney any money for the services which they have rendered.

  1.     My Personal Injury Claim Can Wait Till Later

Most people believe they should focus on their health and recuperation and file their personal injury claim later. While this naturally appears to be a great idea, it can lower the chances of recovering the full worth of your case. In addition, most states have a statute of limitation on cases like this, which means that after a certain period, you may not be able to recover anything. The State of New York has a statute of limitation of three years from the date of the injury to file a suit. However, if a victim fails to file such a suit in that time frame, they have lost their right to compensation.

  1.     It’s A Minor Injury, I Don’t Need A Personal Injury Lawyer

Whether you have suffered fatal and permanent injuries like amputation or a loved one has died as a result of another driver’s reckless driving, or if you have sustained minor injuries like whiplash, sprains and more, there is a need to speak with a qualified attorney to represent your interests in court. Failure to do so might leave you high and dry later during the claim. An experienced attorney will work with you, providing you with all the advice you need to set you straight on the path to recovering the full worth of your case.

However, when choosing an attorney to represent you in personal injury cases, be sure to be on the lookout for the following factors

–         Specific experience: you want to work with an attorney who is experienced in the field of personal injury claims and has represented hundreds with several positive case results.

–         Fees: you want to know what the fees charged by the attorney is. Also, inquire whether they will be charging on a contingency fee basis or other fee structure.

–         Personality: choose an attorney with whom you feel relaxed to discuss the details of your case.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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