If you have suffered an injury in a motor vehicle accident, in a bicycle accident or as a pedestrian, you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, many people with legitimate claims never go through the process of filing a lawsuit to seek the compensation they deserve. This is often because they have incorrect information about personal injury lawsuits that deters them from pursuing their case.
Before you make a decision about whether to file a personal injury lawsuit, you should make sure you are properly informed about the specifics of these lawsuits. Here are three common myths about personal injury suits so you can separate fact from fiction:
1. I can wait and decide later whether to file
If you are hesitant about filing a personal injury claim, you may be under the impression that you have as much time as you wish to come to your final decision. However, this is not true. Each state has its own legal stipulations about how long you have to file a personal injury lawsuit. In Indiana, for example, this statute of limitations is two years.
2. Personal injury cases always pay out big settlements
The settlement that gets paid out in a personal injury lawsuit depends on a wide variety of factors, including the total extent of the injury and the circumstances surrounding how the injury occurred. Although some personal injury cases do indeed garner large settlements, this is not true in all cases. Rather than focusing on a specific monetary amount, the most important factor to consider is that you receive the best possible outcome in your particular case.
3. Lawyer fees are expensive
Many personal injury attorneys take on cases before they receive payment, and they take their fees as a portion of any settlement or compensation they are able to obtain for you. This being the case, you should not avoid filing a lawsuit out of fear that you will not be able to afford the attorney.