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Common personal injury myths: Know the facts

On Behalf of | Apr 26, 2022 | Personal Injury |

When you get in an accident caused by another person’s negligence, you have a right to seek compensation for your damages. A legal claim helps you cover the costs of medical bills, lost wages, funeral expenses and more.

However, you may have misconceptions about personal injury lawsuits that prevent you from taking action to protect your rights. Here, we discuss some common myths about personal injury law.

The insurance company pays your damages

Assuming the responsible party’s insurance policy will pay for the costs associated with your injuries can leave you with significant bills. Insurance companies work to offer as little as possible to protect their bottom line. It is essential to understand how to negotiate a settlement that covers your expenses.

Lawyers are too expensive

You may think you do not have the money to pay for an attorney. However, personal injury lawyers do not require payment upfront. They instead work on a contingency basis, and you only pay if you get a settlement.

Personal injury lawsuits take too long

Another common misconception is that a personal injury claim takes many years. Some cases can take a long time to resolve, but typically, these lawsuits settle in a matter of months. Hiring legal representation can help you get compensation quicker as they know how to gather evidence, streamline the process and present your case in court.

A lawsuit can wait until later

You may think you can take time to decide about filing a personal injury claim. However, in Ohio, you only have two years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the responsible party.

Injuries stemming from a crash, a fall, a faulty product or other incidents can leave you with significant expenses. Protect your rights by seeking legal compensation.