Top 5 Personal Injury Myths
There is a lot of information about personal injury cases both on and offline; unfortunately, many of the most commonly believed truths about filing a personal injury claim are unfounded.
Get the facts behind the top 5 personal injury myths from the legal team of Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP:
Myth Number 1: I can file a personal injury claim at any time.
Actually, there is a statute of limitations for filing a claim in every personal injury situation. Most personal injury cases have a two year deadline for filing; however, some cases can have limitations as short as weeks or months.
Myth Number 2: I can file a personal injury claim on my own.
While it is true that you don’t need an attorney to file a lawsuit, it is highly recommended that you do so. An experienced personal injury attorney will fully understand your legal situation, and have the resources and knowledge to help you gain the compensation you need to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.
Myth Number 3: Personal injury claims are an easy way to make money.
Most personal injury claims are not rewarded large settlements. In most cases, the plaintiff receives just enough money to cover his or her medical expenses, and sometimes not even that. If you have an experienced attorney, you should be able to receive what you need to pay for your medical treatment in a reasonably short time, but it is far from a “get rich quick” scheme.
Myth Number 4: Personal injury cases take years to finish.
While there is always an exception to every rule, most personal injury cases reach completion within 8 to 12 months. If you choose to reach a settlement before the trial, the timeline can be even shorter.
Myth Number 5: Insurance will cover all of my expenses.
Insurance companies are still businesses. This means that they don’t survive by losing money or by giving out charity, and they don’t necessarily have your best interest at heart. In order to receive compensation for your injuries, you may need to seek legal expertise. Even if the at-fault party’s insurance does offer to pay for your medical expenses, make sure to look over all documents carefully with an attorney before signing them.
Contact the Personal Injury Attorneys of Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP
If you or a loved one has injured as a result of the negligent actions of another party, contact the Atlanta personal injury law firm of Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP. Our experienced attorneys can help you determine if you have a case, and how to best handle your unique situation.
Call (404) 845-0012 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your free legal consultation.