Lawsuits are scary in their nature and complexity which has lead to the forming of many myths surrounding the topic. However, as is most often the case, the majority of these myths are far from true. Below, we have put together a list of the most commonly told and heard fallacies, as well as our response in which we will debunk them.
#1- A lawyer needs to be paid a retaining fee to take on a case.
In reality, the vast majority of personal injury lawyers will only ask for payment if they can successfully recover fair compensation for you and your damages. This system of payment is referred to as a contingency fee, and ensures that all accident victims have the ability to seek just compensation in the aftermath of an accident, regardless of their financial situation.
#2: My lawyer can predict the exact worth of my claim.
Since there is a multitude of factors which come into play as the worth of your claim is determined, it is impossible for a lawyer to make an exact prediction. Even when similar cases are compared, you will still find that the outcome can differ greatly. Injuries affect each person differently due to differences in lifestyle and occupation. However, a rough estimate of the worth of your case is still possible.
#3: All cases get settled in court.
This couldn’t be farther from the truth. The majority of personal injury cases actually never make it to trial, and a good injury lawyer in Milton will put all their effort into settling your case as early as possible to avoid costly court fees and other additional expenses. What many don’t know is that a settlement can be made at any point throughout the process. However, if no settlement can be reached, it will be the judge and jury who make the final decision. Alternatives to a trial include mediation, which is growing in popularity, settlement discussions, and other meetings.
# 4: There is one lawsuit per accident
In most cases, there are multiple lawsuits which result from a motor vehicle accident: one against the liable party, one against the insurer to receive accident benefits, and one against the long-term disability insurer, if applicable to your situation.
#5: A lawsuit can be filed whenever
Actually, there is a set time limit for how much time can pass after the accident and before you file your personal injury lawsuit. This is termed as Statute of Limitations and is usually set at 2 years from the time of the accident. Thus, talk with your lawyer to know the best time to file for a claim.