There are many misconceptions about personal injury law. We believe it’s important that people understand what the facts are because it will help to set the record straight about how hiring a personal injury lawyer in Hyannis can be helpful to you if you have been a victim of an accident that was not your fault. Below are some of the common myths about personal injury law.
Myths about Personal Injury Law Dispelled
Every Personal Injury Lawyer Asks for a Retainer
This is not true because many law firms in Hyannis, MA work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will only pay your lawyer if you win your case. The great thing about contingency fees is that your lawyer will work hard to ensure that you win your case because they know it’s the only way they will be paid.
Your Lawyer Can Predict the Amount you will Get
Your lawyer is only able to give you an estimate of how much you might receive in compensation. The value of your case will be influenced by a number of factors such as the severity of your injuries, the amount of lost wages, the jury, etc.
If your case goes to trial, it’s even much more difficult to estimate how much you will be paid in compensation. Juries are unpredictable and might even award you an amount that barely covers your medical expenses.
Your Case has to go to Trial
Most personal injury cases are usually settled outside the courtroom. This is because insurance companies would rather avoid going through the whole court process because it is tedious and expensive. So if they can just compensate you for your loss, it would be a huge money and time saver for them. However, if you have a medical malpractice case, chances are very high that you might go to trial. This is because medical professionals would much rather go to court than to admit to medical malpractice.
Personal Injury Lawyers Only Care About Money
This myth, unfortunately, came about due to settlement mills. Settlement mills are law firms that rarely take their cases to court and are more than eager to settle for a value less than what the client deserves. In fact, most of these lawyers from settlement mills are the ones who advertise their services citing that they always win cases. This is just a tactic they use to reel in more clients. The reason they “win” their cases is because they always settle even if the amount the client gets in compensation is very little. Most of them collude with insurance companies and that’s why insurers love working with them so much.
These settlement mills have created a bad name for personal injury lawyers in Hyannis who are actually willing to help their clients get the justice that they deserve.
There is no Need to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit Immediately
As per the law in Massachusetts, there is a statute of limitations, which in most cases is three years. We always advise our clients to book a free initial consultation with a qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as they are able to after their accident.
Remember that filing a lawsuit is not something that can be done overnight. Your lawyer needs to have adequate time to prepare. She needs to gather enough evidence, she needs to get her paperwork in order and she needs to hire expert witnesses to review your case.
It’s also important to keep in mind that your lawyer will most likely want to negotiate with the insurance company before taking your case to trial. If the insurance company realizes that you have very little time to file a lawsuit, they might use this as leverage and you will end up getting less than you deserve.
Another point to also consider is that if you have very little time to file your lawsuit or it’s way past the statute of limitations, no lawyer will take your case.
Hiring a Lawyer is Not Necessary
While it might seem cheaper for you to settle with the insurance company as opposed to hiring a lawyer, you should be careful. An experienced personal injury lawyer will fight for your rights.
If you have been in an accident and you would like someone to fight for your rights, contact one of our personal injury lawyer at Kevin P Landry law offices by dialing 508-775-1660 or visit our Hyannis offices for a free initial consultation.