Unless they’ve gone through a personal injury lawsuit, most people only learn about personal injury lawsuits from friends and/or relatives. Because many stories about personal injury cases come secondhand, there are a lot of myths and misunderstandings about personal injury cases.
This article will discuss certain myths and try to debunk them so that people can understand what really happens in a personal injury case. These myths apply to all personal injury cases, including car accidents, slip and fall injuries, defective products, and/or medical malpractice.
Myth 1: Personal Injury Cases Take Years to Finish
Some personal injury cases take a long time, but most cases settle before they get into a courtroom. Depending on the policy limits of the at-fault party, a case can potentially settle within months.
Myth 2: Only Serious Injuries Need a Personal Injury Lawyer
Catastrophic injuries aren’t the only type of injuries that deserve an experienced personal injury lawyer.
After all, one person’s minor injury might be another person’s serious injury. Is a broken arm a serious injury? Is a neck injury that requires six months of physical therapy serious?
We think they are, and if you have suffered from a similar injury, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to fight for your rights. Even someone with a broken arm caused by a car crash can recover a lot of money as compensation for their injuries.
Myth 3: The At-Fault Defendant Will Have to Pay Out of Pocket
In most personal injury cases, the defendant will have insurance to cover the claim, and the defendant will not have to pay anything out of pocket.
There are rare cases in which the injured person has a significant injury and the defendant does not have adequate insurance — but is very wealthy and has a lot of assets. In this very specific type of case, the at-fault person may have to pay out of pocket to cover the balance of the compensation that their insurance policy doesn’t cover.
Myth 4: You Can File a Personal Injury Lawsuit Anytime
You might be surprised to learn that there are time limits as to when civil lawsuits can be filed. The time frame of filing lawsuits is called the statute of limitations. Every type of lawsuit has a statute of limitations.
If you wait and go beyond this time frame, you won’t be able to recover any kind of compensation for your injuries.
For California, the statute of limitations for most personal injury cases is two years from the date of the injury. If you file a lawsuit after two years from the date of injury, your claim might be forever barred.
That is why it’s imperative to immediately contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer as soon as you are injured. Your lawyer will be able to begin working on your case immediately.
Don’t Fall Prey to the Myths — Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys Offer Powerful Advice and Aid
If you have been seriously injured in a personal injury case, get your questions answered with the knowledgeable and skilled Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at Saeedian Law Group.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.