Personal Injury Claims: Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions

Man rubbing his injured neck after a car accident

Myth: You Cannot Afford a Personal Injury Lawyer

It is often assumed that lawyers are unaffordable or that the lack of immediate funds to pay for an attorney means that it isn’t even worth talking to one before settling a personal injury claim. This is a myth that can end up costing the victim a lot of money in the end.

On the contrary, we offer free initial case consultations and work on a contingency fee agreement. Under such an agreement, clients don’t have to pay us anything upfront and only pay if the claim is settled or if we prevail at trial. Then, our fee is taken from the settlement or award. In other words, we don’t get paid unless our client does.

Myth: My Injuries Aren’t Serious Enough to Consult with a Lawyer

Some people don’t believe that they’re injuries are serious enough rise to the level of a personal injury claim. Unfortunately, this mindset leads those people to waive their legal rights to seek damages against those who have injured them.

Every person has a different threshold for pain and a different conception of what constitutes a serious injury. There are head and spine injuries that may take time to manifest in physical symptoms. Further, it is possible to completely underestimate the extent or lasting impact of an injury. And significantly, a personal injury claim can help victims recover the wages they lost resulting from the injury, the medical expenses, and the pain and suffering they endured. There is no reason to take that financial hit when another person is legally responsible.

Misconception: I’m Going to Have to Testify in Court

Fear of the courtroom is a factor that holds some people back from speaking with a personal injury lawyer. There is a misconception that getting a lawyer involved means that a dramatic courtroom battle is inevitable. In reality, the majority of personal injury claims result in a settlement, in which the victim and the insurance company of the responsible party agree to a damages award that both sides can live with. A trial is what happens when all attempts at settlement are unsuccessful; however, both sides have a strong incentive to reach an agreement rather than face the uncertain outcome of a trial.

Seek a Personal Injury Lawyer at Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P.

If you have suffered a serious injury due to the negligence or wrongful act of another, you deserve relief. An attorney can help you pursue a personal injury claim to seek the maximum compensation allowed under the law. At Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman, L.L.P., our attorneys have successfully obtained millions of dollars in damages on behalf of our clients and want to fight for you. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you pay no money upfront. Call Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. today at (775) 227-2280 to schedule an appointment or contact our office through our website.

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