Unfortunately, there are many myths surrounding car accident injuries, claims, and lawsuits, and any one of them could result in lost compensation for your injury. The most common myths that continue to circulate about crash cases include:
- Car accident laws are the same in every state. From determining fault to the time you have to file a claim, most of the laws regarding accidents will depend on the state in which you live.
- It’s better to let our insurance companies work it out than hire an attorney. Since insurance companies provide much-needed payments in times of need, many people forget that they are businesses driven only by profit. Victims often treat their insurance adjuster like someone who is there to help them, when in reality these agents are paid to find ways to deny claims or pay out as little as possible. As insurers will work hard to avoid liability, you may need an attorney to get fair value for your claim. As former insurance adjusters, our firm knows the tricks insurance companies use to undervalue car accident claims, making us uniquely able to deal with them on their level.
- It doesn’t matter which attorney handles my case, as long as he has injury experience. Many attorneys claim to have experience with injury cases, but not all experience is created equal. A lawyer who primarily deals with slip and fall cases may not be a good fit for a crash claim, while an attorney who has won car accident cases may not have experience dealing with trucking companies. The right attorney for you is the one who has experience in your type of vehicle crash, your type of injuries, and your type of insurance problems, and should have success trying a case in court as well as negotiating settlements.
- If you haven’t sued by now, you missed your chance. While it is true that people have a limited window of time to get compensation for an injury, that time limit is determined by the state. Many victims suffer injuries that seem minor at first, then worsen over the next few weeks—and some of these can cause arthritis or other permanent effects. If your doctor says your injuries are related to your crash pursue a case as soon as possible.
- Hiring an attorney is too expensive, and not worth the hassle. If your accident involved minimal damage and only minor injuries, you may not need to hire an attorney. However, victims of any accident that causes significant medical bills, vehicle damage, and prolonged time off work are usually best served by getting an attorney’s advice.