December 15, 2016
There are a lot of common misconceptions about personal injury suits, attorneys, and clients. Unfortunately, these are usually reinforced through stereotypes and little to no fact checking by the media. We’ve put together a list of 5 common (and even surprising) myths associated with personal injury claims. Have you fallen for any of these?
Myth #1: I Can File Whenever I Want To
Although the statute of limitations on personal injury claims in the state of Michigan can vary widely depending upon the type of claim, filing sooner is usually better. For example, the statute of limitations on a Bodily Injury ‘Pain and Suffering’ claim is 3 years from the date of your accident. If you file after the statute of limitations your case will be thrown out.
Myth #2: Personal Injury Suits Are Easy Money
It’s been popularized in media that personal injury claims are an easy way to make a quick buck, but that is absolutely not the case. Most plaintiffs do not receive payments worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. And for many seriously injured parties, filing a suit is the only way to receive compensation for medical bills and lost wages, and can help relieve emotional stress related to their injury.
Myth #3: Personal Injury Attorneys Are In It for Themselves
It’s another common misconception that personal injury lawyers are out to “cash in” on someone else’s suffering. The truth is, personal injury attorneys know that filing a claim is sometimes the only way for plaintiffs to get monetary compensation for financial burdens they’ve incurred, such as medical bills resulting from their injuries. Our goal is to provide proper representation to help our clients receive just compensation.
Myth #4: I’ll Know Right Away How Long My Case Will Take
There are many steps and stages in the trial process, and each individual case varies. Most cases will still be ongoing at least a year from the date they are filed, and some may even take longer, depending on the circumstances. What we do promise is to communicate with our clients on what to expect throughout the duration of their case.
Myth #5: I Will Owe An Attorney Money Up Front
Whiting Law actually takes most cases on contingency. A contingent or contingency fee is a payment type in which your attorney’s compensation is dependent upon ongoing payments and/or the ultimate outcome of your case.
And there you have it – the 5 most common myths about personal injury claims debunked! Do you have questions about anything you’ve read here? Contact us for a free consultation.