In the pursuit of a personal injury claim, one is likely to encounter difficulty in one form or another, at one level of another. Depending on the nature of the case, the severity and extent of the injuries resulting from the accident, the process and specifics of filing and litigating your case may vary. For these reasons, it is useful to have a knowledge base of information personal injures claims. Read through the following to separate fact from fiction.
Fact or Fiction? In order to receive compensation for you injuries, you must go to court.
Fiction: In truth, it is not necessary to obtain your compensation through the court system. In fact, the majority of personal injury claims never make it to the litigation stage, but are instead settled out of court. This is a win/win for plaintiffs and insurance companies, the latter of which find it cheaper to settle privately than to waste money on the procedural delays and costs of courts.
Fact or Fiction? Claims to compensation are regularly complex, time-consuming, and overwhelming.
Fiction: While some cases, in particularly those in which liability is an issue, can become intricate and drawn-out, most other cases are settled within about 12 months. In addition to liability, the other most significant complicating factor is serious injury. This is the exception rather than the rule, however: with the assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer, hassles, delays, and complications can usually be minimized.
Fact or Fiction? You should always seek the advice of a lawyer in negotiation with insurance companies.
Fact: Insurance companies have it within their interests to negotiate a lower claim: to prevent receiving less than you deserve, always consult an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer.
Fact or Fiction? Compensation is not easy money; you will receive what you deserve.
Fact: This runs contrary to popular belief, but is true. Your compensation will be negotiated during settlement or assigned in court. The amount is most often based on your economic and non-economic (e.g. pain and suffering) damages.
Fact or Fiction? Personal injury claims create a national “culture of compensation” and overly litigious society.
Fiction: Certainly, giving those with legitimate claims access to a recourse to compensation also opens the door for attempts abuse of the system. However, this risk (and abuse) is far lower than generally believed and is a small price to pay for access to justice for those with genuine claims to compensation.
Fact or Fiction? Workers who file suits against their employers are protected by law from retaliation (e.g. being fired).
Fact: The law is firmly on the side of workers in these types of situations. Even so, many believe this is fiction, and therefore fail to pursue claims for fear of being fired. Rest assured of the strength of the law in this area and, additionally, most employers are not likely to recommend or pursue firing due to a work injury claim.
Fact or Fiction? It is impossible or at least unwise to obtain treatment while pursuing your claim.
Fiction: This is not true. Physical and emotional treatment and recovery should not be put below litigation on the priority list. In many cases, ongoing medical treatment will create a record of injury and necessary interventions which may be utilized in your case.
Fact or Fiction? Large companies, big employers, and deep pockets are favored by the law. You are unlikely to win a claim against them.
Fiction: State and federal law guarantees safety and justice for all individuals and organizations. Violations of these laws carry penalties, for individuals or entities.
Fact or Fiction? You are best served, in most cases, by pursuing your claim with an expert personal injury lawyer.
Fact: There is no substitute for the skill, experience, and guidance of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney. Hiring competent legal counsel is the single greatest thing you can do to ensure that you win your case.
If you or someone you love is in need of legal assistance, call Sheridan & Rund at 310-640-1200, toll free at 888-640-6789, or contact us online. Our initial personal injury consultation is absolutely free, and if our firm agrees to handle your case, our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys will work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. You pay nothing out of pocket until our firm retrieves the compensation you deserve. It is imperative you contact our firm today because a lawsuit must be filed before the legal expiration date known as the statute of limitations. Please call Los Angeles attorneys Sheridan & Rund immediately to ensure you are rightfully compensated the money you deserve.