Personal injury law doesn’t work like you think. Learn the reality of how it works in this post.
If you’re like most people, you don’t go out of your way to learn personal injury law until it actually affects you.
What kind of person would research personal injury claims and law just for the fun of it?
Not too many people – that’s for sure.
So the reason you’re reading this is because you’re considering filing a personal injury claim.
Here’s some things to know before you do:
- It’s Not as Stressful as You Think
Typically, when you think of “lawyers,” you think about courtrooms, impatient judges, and hostile defending attorneys that pepper you with misleading questions designed to make you look bad.
Like what you see on TV.
The truth? 90% of cases settle out of court. Some resolve over the phone with no in-person interaction at all.
- Lawyers Don’t Cost That Much
You might think you can’t afford a personal injury lawyer. But you can – everyone can.
That’s because personal injury lawyers are paid a percentage of the final settlement amount. It’s usually 33%, but some charge less.
- Personal Injury Lawyers Are Dishonest and Try to Make Multi-Million Dollar Cases out of Small Cases
There’s no doubt this happens. And it’s tempting to think that’s all that happens because this is what the media covers.
But remember, they only cover the most sensational stories. That’s because people pay attention to amazing stories – not typical ones. And the media makes money when that happens.
Most Dallas personal injury lawyers are honest and ethical. They’re going to try to get you what’s fair under law and zealously advocate for you.
- Juries Can’t Compensate You For Attorney’s Fees
When you get compensated for your injuries, settlements are awarded for the cost of your injuries, plus any punitive damages. You cannot get paid above and beyond that for attorney’s fees.
Doing so would mean the declaration of a mistrial, if your case went to trial.
- Personal Injury Lawsuits Are Easy Money
Some firms present this in their advertising. Run, don’t walk, away from these firms. Avoid them like the plague.
They can resolve your case quickly and easily. But what they’re not telling you is that they slam through your case so fast that you don’t get full compensation for your injuries. They don’t take the time to personally interact with clients to learn the unique facts and circumstances of the case.
- Personal Injury Lawsuits Take Forever to Complete
This depends on your definition of “forever.” In the hands of a skilled, ethical personal injury lawyer, you can resolve your case in months, or around a year.
It’s better to have a lawyer take their time and do it right. You want fair compensation for your injuries, don’t you?
Some cases do drag on and on because of how our legal system works.
But remember, it’s not designed to work fast. Our country was founded on fair judicial processes because the British kings and nobility of centuries ago often took what they wanted, when they wanted it, and from whomever they wanted.
Be thankful we have a fair and deliberate process in place here in America.