Perhaps the fact that many people have never encountered a lawyer is the reason behind widespread misconceptions about personal injury attorneys. Derogatory TV and movie portrayals, along with late night commercials touting questionable law firms that “fight for you” may also contribute to these misconceptions.
In reality, personal injury attorneys provide a valuable service helping millions of victims who have been hurt, by obtaining money for various expenses, or long-term care. The efforts of personal injury lawyers have also made our workplaces and public spaces safer for everyone.
Let’s examine five common myths surrounding personal injury attorneys:
It’s expensive to hire a personal injury lawyer.
Most reputable law firms will handle your injury case on contingency, meaning they are paid only after you receive compensation. Beware of attorneys who insist on a hefty retainer before agreeing to take your case.
Lawyers are unscrupulous.
The “ambulance chaser” image distorts the way the vast majority of personal injury attorneys practice law. The State Bar of Nevada conducts much self-policing, and there are statutes prohibiting this type of “ambulance chasing” behavior. As with most decisions, it is wise to do thorough research on a law firm ahead of time. If an attorney approaches you unsolicited? You should get their contact information and report them to the state bar.
Lawyers are quick to file lawsuits.
Suing is usually the last resort of a highly skilled attorney. It’s much more expedient to negotiate with insurance companies first. Frivolous lawsuits waste the time of all involved and often result in no compensation or an expensive, time-consuming trial.
Lawyers are unnecessary.
A personal injury attorney is a safeguard against insurers or corporations that may take advantage of victims’ ignorance of the law. Your case may seem simple initially, but an experienced lawyer also can identify areas of added liability — such as comparative negligence — of which you may not be aware.
Hiring a lawyer draws out an already stressful process.
In many cases, attorneys can actually expedite the process of getting you the compensation you deserve. Complex cases naturally take longer to resolve, but the goal of a skilled attorney is always to obtain an appropriate settlement or judgment for you.
Don’t let one of these common misconceptions prohibit you from getting the compensation you are entitled to. If you have been injured due to the negligence of another person, call Greenman, Goldberg, Raby & Martinez at (702) 388-4476 to schedule a free consultation today.