Taking legal action against those that have harmed you may not seem a very desirable way to handle things. Thanks to some well-publicized cases and lots of disinformation, people seem reluctant to seek the compensation they need and deserve as a result of a personal injury. Most of these bad impressions are a result of misunderstandings and a lack of knowledge. For an overview of some of those, read on.
The Insurer Will Handle Things
It's easy to just to sit back and allow the insurer for the at-fault party to handle the claim. Most people trust insurers to do the right thing and to pay them what they deserve. Unfortunately, insurers are not in business to pay out for claims and a large part of their purpose is to prevent just that. This perception that the insurance company is going to pay you what you deserve can get some victims into hot water and they may end up not getting anything at all. The problem often occurs when you are phoned by the adjuster and asked to give a statement about the accident. This call is recorded and many times victims speak too freely, speculate, express regret, guess at facts, and do other things to ruin their chances at compensation. Never speak to an insurance adjuster, let your personal injury attorney do that.
A Frivolous Lawsuit is the Last Thing You Want
Many people pay far too much attention to news and articles about lawsuits that seem to be based on little to no standing. Undoubtedly, some lawsuits should never have been brought, but there are far more cases where a suit was called for and the victim never bothered to seek compensation. Probably one of the most well-known so-called frivolous suits was that of the elderly lady that spilled McDonald's coffee in her lap. If you knew that several other customers had been burnt, that the lady suffered from burns so bad that skin grafting was needed, and that McDonald's refused to even pay her medical expenses then you might understand the need for taking action. If you are in doubt as to the validity of a claim, speak to an attorney.
You Need Time to Recover and Think About Things
Unfortunately, personal injury claims have an expiration date. The statute of limitations in all states limits the number of years you can wait before filing. Wait too long and your case will automatically be thrown out of court no matter how much harm came to you. The best thing about seeking help from an attorney, in this case, is that they won't let the time run out while you consider your options. Speak to an attorney today about your case.