If you’re like most people, a lot of what you know about personal injury lawsuits is based on what you hear from other people or see on TV. Unfortunately, this is one area in particular where those sources tend to be unreliable. If you have been injured and are thinking about filing a claim, but have reservations based on some of these myths, continue reading to learn the truth about filing a personal injury claim.
Myth #1: Personal Injury Plaintiffs are After a Quick Buck
If you’ve heard that filing a personal injury claim is a “shortcut” or a way to “take advantage” of the system, nothing could be further from the truth. While TV shows would have you believe that you can buy a neck brace at the drug store and then sit back and wait for a check to come in the mail, the reality is that personal injury claims require serious injuries, lots of legwork and experienced legal representation. Insurance companies won’t pay without a fight and if your case goes to court, your attorney will likely put in a year or more of effort to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Myth #2: You Don’t Need an Attorney to Collect from the Insurance Companies
While it is true that you can probably collect some money from the insurance companies if you are persistent and avoid saying things you shouldn’t, if you don’t hire an attorney, anything you collect is likely to be far less than what you are actually owed. Most people don’t know what their cases are worth and making this determination requires years of experience and a thorough understanding of numerous complex medical and legal issues. If you don’t know how much you’ve lost and don’t know how to combat the insurance companies’ tactics, you are likely going to leave a significant amount of money on the table.
Myth #3: Personal Injury Lawyers Put Their Interests First
In personal injury cases, our lawyers (and most personal injury lawyers throughout the country), represent clients on a contingency-fee basis. This means that we receive a portion of the amount we recover for our clients. It also means that we only get paid if we are successful in helping our clients recover financial compensation.
At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we also advance the costs of pursuing your case, including court costs, investigation expenses and expert witness fees. This – along with attorneys’ ethical duty to always serve the best interests of their clients – means that we are fully invested in obtaining the best possible outcome in your case.
Speak With a Houston Injury Lawyer at Morrow & Sheppard LLP Today
If you have questions about filing a personal injury lawsuit in the Houston area, we encourage you to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation. During your consultation, we will provide a thorough evaluation and help you decide if it makes sense to fight for financial compensation. If so, and if you choose to work with us, we will fight vigorously to win the compensation you deserve.
To get started today, call (800) 489-2216 or contact us online now.