Although most of us rely on our friends, family or co-workers for information and advice this may not be the best option if you have been injured through no fault of your own.
Misconceptions about personal injury law are common. If you’ve been hurt in a traffic collision, bitten by a dog, slipped and fallen on someone’s property, or injured while using a defective product, a personal injury attorney can help you understand how the law works.
Here are some frequently encountered misconceptions about personal injury law:
Knowing the law isn’t necessary.
Unfortunately, too many people with this attitude choose to negotiate with insurance companies themselves, and end up getting far less than they deserve or even need in order to recover. Insurance adjustors have substantial experience, and are instructed to pay as little as possible.
I must sue to get what I want.
Litigation and a possible trial can be time-consuming and expensive for both plaintiffs and defendants. A personal injury attorney can often negotiate a fair settlement without going to court.
Suing over an accident is quick, easy money.
Filing a lawsuit does not assure you’ll be awarded compensation. If your suit is dismissed, you may even be left paying your own medical and living expenses. Every individual case has variables to consider, so it’s best to follow a lawyer’s advice on how to proceed.
I can file a claim any time.
The statute of limitations, or period of time in which you can file a claim after an incident, is two years in Nevada. It’s best to contact a personal injury attorney within days after you’ve been injured.
Complicated laws drag my case on and on.
Lengthy, stressful cases are not the norm when it comes to personal injury law. Although every case is different, a fairly straightforward case involving two willing parties should not take more than a few weeks to come to a resolution.
You don’t need an attorney if you have “minor” injuries.
Most insurance adjustors will use minor injuries as a reason to award you less compensation. Injuries caused by the negligence of someone else can cause long-term health complications. No matter the severity of your injuries, it is always wise to speak with an attorney.
If you have been injured or want more information about personal injury law and how it pertains to your specific situation, call Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez at (702) 388-4476 to schedule a free consultation today.