When you suffer financially, physically, or emotionally due to an accident, you may want to make a personal injury claim. With the right lawyer on your side, you stand a stronger chance of success. Before you go ahead with your claim, you may want to understand more about some of the common myths surrounding personal injury cases.
Myth: Claims Are Quick
As with any legal process, personal injury claims aren't quick. In fact, if you want yours to be successful, then you shouldn't bank on using a lawyer who blasts through the process. Injury investigations require a lot of time and documentation. Additionally, the opposing party needs time to mount their defence and lodge their documents. As such, you should never expect a decent claim to pass through the courts quickly.
Myth: You Can't Be at Fault
Even if some of your actions made a contribution to your injury, you may still be able to sue. The courts will assess how much of your actions made a contribution to your injury. If they made a small contribution but they weren't the key causative factor, it may be that the judge deducts some of the money you'll receive. A decent lawyer will assess the likelihood of your case succeeding and they'll only take it forward if it's likely that you'll have some success.
Myth: Claim Money Is Wasted on Fees
It's in your legal team's best interests to secure an outcome that's financially beneficial for you both. When they initially assess the claim, they'll look at benchmark figures that are generated using previous successful claims and court recommendations. If they find that you're unlikely to secure a lot of money due to the legal costs associated with making a claim, they'll advise you against making it. Skilled lawyers can usually perform an accurate assessment of how much a claim will make.
Myth: You Can Only Claim for Physical Injuries
Physical injuries are sometimes easier to prove due to the imaging available. However, if you have suffered emotional trauma or mental strains, you may still be able to make a claim following your accident. Your lawyer will assess the economic losses you have sustained and estimate any future losses you may encounter. Depending on the case law available to them and the evidence you can provide from a psychology professional, there's a good chance you can claim.
If you have any concerns about whether your claim will be successful, speak with a legal professional. With a thorough assessment, they can dispel myths and give an honest appraisal of your chances of success.
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