Common Myths About Personal Injury Claims

Every year in the United States there are over 30 million emergency room visits for unintentional injuries. Of course, many of those injuries are self-inflicted. But if an injury has been caused either as a result of the direct actions or negligence of another person or persons, then you may have a personal injury claim.

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If you’ve never been through a personal injury case before, you may have heard some things that seem plausible but are actually myths when it comes to personal injury cases. We discuss a few of these myths below.

You Are Guaranteed Compensation for Your Injury

There are many people who believe that if they have been hit by a car or fell on a wet floor in Walmart because there wasn’t a sign posted, that their case is cut and dried and they will be getting their compensation check very soon. There are a couple of reasons why this is a myth: 1) Insurance companies have every reason to pay you as little as possible on your claim and even deny the claim if they can. 2) Even if you do secure some sort of settlement, how do you know you got all of what your case was worth? How much more could you have gotten to help with your medical bills and pain and suffering?

You Don’t Need Help

This myth is related to the first one. Since many think their case is open and shut and on autopilot, they believe they don’t need an attorney experienced in personal injury law. This is a critical mistake that many people make.

As mentioned above, insurance companies have every reason to fight your claim or get you to take a low-ball offer to settle. They have many attorneys working for them, backed by massive resources. Finding and hiring the right attorney is imperative if you are going to receive all you can in terms of your personal injury claim.

You Can Wait to Hire a Lawyer

Some people think that they probably need an attorney, but they can’t wait to see what the insurance company offers, or wait even longer than that. But attorneys on the side of the insurance company won’t be waiting; they will be investigating and developing a strategy to deal with your claim. The sooner you get an experienced attorney on your side, the sooner they can start building your case and making sure you are not taken advantage of by a big insurance company.

If you have been injured either by the direct action or by the negligence of another in the Northern VA, Washington D.C. or Maryland area, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Hilton & Somer, LLC or call 703-560-0700 for a free consultation today.

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