There are many myths out there about personal injury claims, and many of
these are patently false. In this blog, our New York personal injury attorneys
discuss five of the most common and least accurate myths. If you or a
loved one has been injured, contact us today for experienced counsel.
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1. Payouts for Personal Injury Claims Are Virtually Guaranteed
Many people think that personal injury suits are easy to win, and that
a big payout can be expected in nearly every case. This couldn’t
be further from reality. Insurance companies will typically fight back
against your claim, and fight back hard. With the help of a skilled New
York personal injury lawyer, however, you can build a strong and effective case.
2. Personal Injury Lawsuits Are Typically Frivolous
More than a decade later, many people still think of the infamous “McDonald’s
Hot Coffee” lawsuit when they think of personal injury claims. What
is true in that case, however, is true in nearly all successful personal
injury claims – someone got seriously hurt. Both the costs and standard
of proof in personal injury lawsuits are high, and prohibit many frivolous
lawsuits before they start.
3. Pursuing An Injury Claim Simply Isn’t Worth The Time or Cost
Many people fail to understand just how expensive a serious injury can
be. Take a broken leg, for example – a relatively minor injury in a
serious car accident. Between frequent doctor’s visits, X-rays, rehabilitation, and possibly
surgery, your broken leg could cost you well over $60,000 if you don’t
have insurance! For chronic, lifelong injuries such as a broken vertebra,
the cost of care could be far, far more. For this reason, it is absolutely
worth it to pursue compensation if you have been injured.
4. You Should Hold Out For Maximum Compensation
Many people view settling as a negative, but it can just as easily be a
good thing for plaintiffs. The decision of whether or not to settle is
one that you will have to make with guidance from your New York personal
injury attorney. In many instances, it may make sense to settle if the
amount offered is fair, and if the case has already dragged on for months.
5. Personal Injury Lawyers Are Just In It For The Money
While there are always some exceptions, it’s important to remember
that attorneys are people too. At Ivey Barnum & O’Mara, LLC,
we frequently meet people from all walks of life who have suffered severe,
life changing injuries, as well as the families of wrongful death victims.
Of course our firm is a business, but we are proud to work in a field
that allows us to pursue justice on behalf of injury victims.
Don’t hesitate to secure skilled, dedicated representation. Contact
us today by calling (203) 718-4002.