• By: Hank Stout
  • Published: October 2016

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to the negligence of another, you may be thinking about filing a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation for losses. However, the thing holding you back from taking action may be the many myths and misconceptions you have probably heard about the process. Here’s a list of some of the most common misconceptions about personal injury law debunked.

1. Personal Injury Lawyers Are Too Expensive to Work With

One thing that prevents many people from hiring a personal injury lawyer is the misconception that personal injury lawyers charge an arm and a leg. There is a belief that the individual may actually lose money by hiring an attorney. While it is true that some attorneys may charge an hourly rate or expensive flat fee, the vast majority of attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means that there are no upfront fees for clients, and that attorneys only receive a percentage of a plaintiff’s winnings.

2. A Personal Injury Case Means Going to Court and Litigation

Another reason that many people are not eager to embark on the process of filing a personal injury claim is that they are convinced that a personal injury case means going to court, complete with a trial and litigation. The truth is that the majority of personal injury cases are settled well before they ever make it to a courtroom, typically through mediation/negotiation.

3. Those Who File Lawsuits—and Their Attorneys—Are Greedy

Some people don’t file a lawsuit or take action to recover compensation because they don’t want to appear greedy or money-grubbing. Further, personal injury attorneys also tend to get a bad rap as “ambulance chasers,” a comment that implies that all they care about is money. While there is no doubt that recovering compensation is a huge objective in a personal injury claim, both for the personal injury victim and the attorney, claims are much more complex than that. Those who file lawsuits are taking action to hold negligent people liable for the harm they cause, which is not only a form of seeking justice, but could also help to mitigate injuries to others in the future. Furthermore, it’s often the defendant’s insurance company who is being sued. So long as the defendant is properly insured, it is important to understand that he or she will not bear the burden of damages.

There are many misconceptions about lawyers and personal injury lawsuits. Ultimately, if you have been injured, you deserve to be fully compensated for your losses, and the only way to recover that compensation may be to take legal action.

This is a guest post by Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyer Clayton Hasbrook.

About the Author

Hank Stout co-founded Sutliff & Stout, Injury & Accident Law Firm, to protect and pursue the rights of people who were harmed by the carelessness of others. Mr. Stout is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and has been actively trying cases for over fifteen years. In recognition of his accomplishments and results, he has been selected by Thompson Reuters as a Super Lawyer since 2014 (a distinction given to less than 1% of the lawyers in the state of Texas) and has been selected as Lead Counsel. To learn more, read Hank's full bio here.

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