Getting injured in an accident can leave you with stress, medical bills, insurance claims, and other financial burdens. While some people are eager to make a personal injury claim to receive compensation for their injuries, others might be hesitant to seek help because of the many misconceptions attached to these types of claims. To give you a better understanding of personal injury claims, below are three common myths about them.
3 Myths About Personal Injury Claims
1. All Personal Injuries Can Produce a Case
Getting hurt isn’t enough to warrant a case. Personal injury claims are contingent on negligence. If your injury was a direct result of someone else’s negligence, you may have a case. However, if your actions hurt another person, they may make a claim against you instead. If you think you may have a case, consult with an experienced attorney to learn more about your legal options.
2. You Don’t Need to Hire an Attorney
A common assumption about personal injury lawyers is that they’re expensive and unnecessary. However, you stand to benefit significantly from the legal expertise of a skilled attorney. In addition to walking you through the process of filing a case, accepting a settlement, or going to court, these professionals also know how to deal with insurance companies to make sure you acquire the compensation you deserve.
3. You Can File a Lawsuit at Any Time
Unfortunately, many states have a statute of limitations for lawsuits. These limitations are specific time restrictions implemented after an accident in which a claim can be made. In Pennsylvania, residents have two years from the time of injury to file a lawsuit. There are exceptions for minor children, who have until the age of 20. It’s best to consult with a personal injury lawyer immediately after an accident to assess the situation and file a claim, if necessary, and avoid exceeding deadlines.
If you’ve sustained a personal injury from a vehicular accident, medical negligence, or slip and fall, you’ll need the legal expertise of a skilled lawyer. Cindy Stine at Stine & Associates, P.C. in Greensburg, PA, is dedicated to fighting for the rights of her clients. With over 20 years of experience, she specializes in personal injuries, as well as workers' compensation and social security disability. Call (724) 837-0160 today to schedule a free consultation or visit her website for more details.