Many people in New York and across the country believe that they should not hire a lawyer to bring a personal injury case on their behalf after an accident because of what they have been led to believe.
Myths we hear most often:
I Was Partially Responsible, So I Can’t File A Claim.
Fact: Nobody is perfect and New York recognizes this with a comparative negligence rule. You may recover compensation for your injuries even if you were partly responsible for the accident that caused them. Your lawyer and the defendant’s lawyer will litigate the percentages of fault of each party. The greater your percentage of the liability for the accident the less you will receive. Your lawyer will explain this concept of “comparative fault” to you in detail and this will help you decide whether you should bring a lawsuit for your injuries or not.
The Insurance Company Will Make Me A Fair Offer.
Insurance companies are in the business of selling as many premiums as possible while paying out as few claims as possible. Insurance companies do their best to deny or pay as little as possible on claims. If the insurance company calls you right after the accident and makes you an offer you might not even have a good idea of what your case is worth yet, especially if the offer is made before you reach maximum medical improvement.
Never accept an offer without consulting an attorney first.
Filing A Claim May Ruin Someone’s Life.
If you know the defendant, you might be reluctant to make a claim. Many injuries happen when you are riding in a friends or relatives’ car or while visiting their home. Fortunately, personal injury payouts come out of insurance coverage, not out of assets. The insurer will provide the defendant with a legal team.
While it is true that the insurance premiums on the house or car may go up if you make a claim you should realize that the premiums may go up a few hundred dollars while if you were seriously injured then your recovery will be in the tens, hundreds or even millions of dollars depending on the extent and severity of your injuries and the amount of insurance coverage.
People take out insurance not only to protect themselves in the event of a claim but also to help any of their friends or family who may suffer an injury due to their negligence.
Filing A Personal Injury Claim Makes You A Greedy Person.
Nobody gets rich on a personal injury settlement. People who receive million-dollar verdicts or settlements have ongoing, lifelong, pain and suffering, lost wages as well as medical bills and expenses.
Filing a personal injury claim is sensible when your life has been forever altered by a catastrophic accident. It may be the only way you can get back on your feet.
I Cannot Afford To Hire A Lawyer
New York personal injury attorneys all work on a contingency fee basis. You will pay nothing unless we are successful either by obtaining a settlement you are happy with or by proceeding to a jury trial and obtaining a jury verdict.
You will always come out ahead with an attorney’s help.