Debunking Personal Injury Lawsuit Myths
Some people are reluctant to consult with a personal injury attorney after an accident because they believe some of the myths about pursuing personal injury claims with the assistance of counsel.
There is a lot of misinformation about what attorneys cost, what it takes to prosecute a lawsuit, and how much time you have to decide what to do.
A Colorado Springs personal injury attorney debunks five of these most common myths and provides information you need to make a sound decision about hiring an attorney.
Myth 1: It costs a lot to sue for personal injury.
Actually, it doesn’t cost you anything unless and until you recover. Personal injury law firms like Levine Law do not collect legal fees unless we win your case. In addition, consultations are always free.
Myth 2: You can do just as well representing yourself.
A person who has been severely injured in an accident is focusing on physical and emotional healing and may even be coping with great loss such as the death of a loved one. Adding the prosecution of a lawsuit to this already full plate is probably unrealistic. In addition, an experienced personal injury attorney has been dealing with cases like yours for years. He or she is best suited to deal with the defendant’s lawyer and other players like the insurance adjuster.
Myth 3: You can only recover for physical injuries.
Mental as well as physical injuries are compensable. Plaintiffs can receive compensation for the emotional and psychological pain and suffering caused by the incident. A person suffering from an emotional or psychological illness like anxiety or depression following a car accident or other trauma can receive compensation for these legitimate mental health issues.
Myth 4: There is no rush to file a lawsuit. You have all the time in the world.
Every state places limitations on how long you have to file a lawsuit after an accident or other incident giving rise to a personal injury claim. This is known as the statute of limitations. In Colorado, as a general rule, you must file a lawsuit within three years of an accident in order to seek damages. While there may be some exceptions, in the vast majority of cases, if you miss the filing deadline you are barred from seeking recovery.
Myth 5: Personal injury lawsuits take forever and you won’t see any money for years and years.
Many people are under the impression that hiring a personal injury attorney will prolong their case. The opposite is usually the case. While it is true that some cases will take a lot time to settle or that a trial could delay recovery, most cases end up with an out-of-court settlement within a reasonable time period.
Contact a Colorado Springs Personal Injury Attorney to Learn the Real Facts About Your Case
Every personal injury case is different. The only way you are going to find out if filing a lawsuit in your particular circumstance makes sense is to talk with an experienced Colorado Springs personal injury attorney.
Levine Law offers no-obligation free consultations. Contact us online or call our offices at 719-471-3000 to schedule an appointment with a lawyer.