Given the various media outlets available, there is a lot of inaccurate information floating around about injury law. If you have recently been involved in a car, truck, motorcycle or other type of accident in California, you no doubt want to know if you are entitled to receive some form of compensation. The first thing you need to realize is that nothing you read or see will ever be as educational or beneficial to you as consulting with a knowledgeable attorney.
Additionally, you should be wary of the following three common misconceptions about personal injury law:
- You don’t need a lawyer — If you suffer injury in a car accident, would you say you don’t need a doctor? The same logic applies to your legal case. The purpose of filing a claim is to obtain reimbursement for medical expenses and other damages. Without an attorney, you lower your chances of obtaining fair compensation for your injuries.
- One lawyer is as good as another — You may have a friend or relative who is a lawyer. However, you need a personal injury attorney, not a bankruptcy lawyer or business attorney. To use the doctor analogy again, you wouldn’t visit a foot doctor if you had a brain injury, would you? Further, the attorney you hire should be someone who has extensive experience and success in personal injury law.
- A lengthy court battle lies ahead — One of the biggest misconceptions victims have about personal injury law is that at the end of the road lies a heated courtroom battle. Truthfully, the majority of accident cases are resolved through settlement negotiations. That being said, every case is different.
When an accident of any kind — auto accident, bicycle mishap, medical malpractice, or a slip and fall — causes you injury and pain because of someone else’s negligence, contact an experienced personal injury attorney.