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If you’ve been involved in an accident, hiring a personal injury attorney could be needed in order to recover damages. Many people are hesitant to contact a personal injury attorney because they believe many of the common myths about them. Here are some common myths about personal injury lawyers debunked.
Myth: Hiring a personal injury attorney is too expensive
Fact: Most personal injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means the attorney receives a portion of your settlement. If there is no judgment in your favor, you owe nothing. Here at Wilson Kehoe Winingham, we offer free case evaluations. This is a process where we’ll meet with you to determine whether you should pursue a case with the assistance of an attorney. Sometimes, if there are minor injuries, you may be able to settle the case by dealing with the insurance companies directly, instead of retaining a personal injury attorney for guidance. If that’s the case, we’ll tell you.
Myth: Personal injury attorneys are “ambulance chasers”
Fact: This is a myth that’s often depicted on TV shows and in the movies. The Indiana Supreme Court changed its Rules of Professional Conduct in 2010 to prohibit attorneys from contacting accident victims within 30 days of an incident. Attorneys who violate this rule can be charged with professional misconduct by the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission and potentially lose their law license for a period of time.
Myth: Personal injury attorneys are only interested in big settlements
Fact: Personal injury attorneys are not just interested in big settlements, as most of them simply want justice for their clients. Insurance companies have teams of lawyers at their disposal that work to minimize the amount paid to settle a claim. Personal injury attorneys know that the odds of a fair settlement are against the average consumer unless he or she is also represented by counsel. As such, their primary goal is to ensure that clients receive fair compensation-nothing more and nothing less.
Myth: Personal injury attorneys tend to file frivolous lawsuits
Fact: Personal injury attorneys realize that not every injury has a remedy available under law. Since most work on a contingency basis, they are unwilling to file frivolous lawsuits that have little or no chance of being awarded a settlement or winning a trial. In the personal injury arena, attorneys who work on a contingency basis only get paid if they successfully recover for their clients. Therefore, there is no incentive to file a frivolous lawsuit.
Myth: No attorney is needed for small injury claims
Fact: That depends on the circumstances, as what seems like a minor injury in the beginning could turn out to have expensive, long-term consequences. The decision to settle without an attorney should be made only after carefully considering all possible future expenses.
Here at Wilson Kehoe Winingham, we believe the practice of personal injury law is a honorable one. Our goal with every case is to ensure all our clients’ needs are taken care of. To see if we can help you with your personal injury claim, contact one of our attorneys today for a free case evaluation.
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