If you’re like most people, you don’t go out of your way to learn about personal injury law until it actually affects you.
About How Personal Injury Law Works
What kind of person would research personal injury 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 about how it works:
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 they are paid a percentage of the final settlement amount. It’s usually 33%, but some charge less.
Most Personal Injury Lawyers Are Not Dishonest and Don’t Try to Make Multi-Million Dollar Cases out of Small Cases
There’s no doubt this does happen. 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 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 Not Easy Money
Some law firms present cases as being easy money 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 Don’t Take Forever to Complete
In the hands of a skilled, ethical Dallas personal injury attorney, 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.
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Shane V. Mullen is an attorney licensed by the State of Texas for the general practice of law, and the Managing Partner at Mullen & Mullen Law Firm in Dallas, TX. His firm focuses exclusively on personal injury law and has been in business for 40 years. Before becoming a lawyer, Shane worked for his father as an accident injury claims investigator.