Myths about Personal Injury Attorneys

Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on May 20, 2015 in Personal Injury News

When you are in an accident that results in injury, having a lawyer on your side is always a good idea. You will be angry, confused and under pressure from all sides to make choices that you may not understand. You may not know what your rights are. You certainly will not have the clout or knowledge to arm you against aggressive attorneys from the insurance companies and other parties involved. Unfortunately, due to a lot of myths about personal injury attorneys, many people forego asking for this all-important help. Here are a few of the most common myths, debunked.

Personal Injury Attorneys are Costly

Nothing could be further from the truth on this myth. In the vast majority of cases, personal injury attorneys charge no legal fees at all unless they win your case. This means that consulting or even hiring a lawyer can be at no charge to you -- certainly it comes at no up-front cost. Also, since your attorney is working on a contingency basis, and is paid from the settlement, they are that much more motivated to do their best on your behalf.

The Attorney Will Take Part of My Settlement

This myth is both true and false. People who use this myth believe that if you are entitled to a certain sum, your lawyer is going to take a big chunk of that. This is not exactly how it works. Most injury lawyers will work to increase the amount of the settlement to cover their fees and costs, rather than taking it from what you deserve. Injury lawyers do get paid from a portion of the overall settlement, this is true. However, they will do their best to be sure that you get what you deserve out of the settlement.

The Frivolous Lawsuit Myth

P.I. lawyers are painted by the media and their opponents as "sue happy" and litigious to the point of filing a lawsuit against everyone and everything, no matter how spurious the claim. This is not only untrue, it doesn't make sense. Consider: the attorney is only getting paid if you win the suit. In our society, courts are ever more vigilant and on the alert for frivolous lawsuits. Filing suit against anyone at the drop of a hat is a sure-fire way for the attorney to lose money in manpower, time, labor, and court fees. If you don't have a case for your injury, your attorney is likely to tell you so.

Ambulance Chasers

Injury lawyers are often portrayed as circling sharks on a feeding frenzy in the waters of accident victims. Again, this isn't true. Indeed, many states have laws regarding the practice of head-hunting victims. The truth is, when you are involved in an injury because of another's negligence, it is you who needs to seek representation. Very few lawyers are out there making the rounds at bars and actively looking for clients. Most of us make our presence known through TV and print ads and the Web. We are here to help you, not hunt you. If you have been in an accident in Nevada and would like a free consultation with an expert injury attorney, give us a call today.