Most of the people know very little to almost nothing regarding personal injury law. The majority don’t spend any time with attorneys, and if they do, it’s usually at a difficult time in their lives. So, if you are pondering of you need to hire a personal injury attorney, then you’re probably struggling with diagnosis and treatment of serious injuries or perhaps the loss of a loved one.
Some can have the feeling of intimidation when they have to speak to a lawyer. The only image they have, lawyers are from the movies or John Grisham books.
We want to help you understand lawyers and personal injury law better by dispelling common myths and misconceptions. Our desire is to provide you a clearer picture of what personal injury lawyers do and why.
- Common Myth #1: I am going to pay and arm and a leg to speak with a personal injury lawyer.
However, the truth of the matter is you should be able to have a free consultation.
- Common Myth #2: If I get injured my insurance will cover the cost.
The truth is that insurance companies are a business like any other business. They are there to make money. Bottom line is they will try their best to pay as little as possible. That is why people need lawyers. Because we know the drill.
- Common Myth #3: I do not need a lawyer as the person who caused the accident will pay.
The bottom line is, if the person that is responsible has insurance, most likely the insurance company will be the one paying the bills. Believe it or not, it’s always better for your case if we to speak to an insurance company. We know what must be said and how to support our statements.
- Common Myth #4: The accident only caused minor injury, so a personal injury lawyer will not take my case.
No matter how minor the injury, even one trip to the hospital can be expensive. On the other hand, you never know the real consequences of the minor injury to your body in the future. We aren’t always young. You know what we mean? You should always speak with a personal injury lawyer.
- Common Myth #5: I am in no hurry to file a lawsuit. I have all the time in the world.
Just remember there are time limits on filing a lawsuit. In Virginia, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit.