Should you file a lawsuit after someone else’s negligence causes you harm?
Many injured people struggle with this question. They hear commentary on the news or on talk shows about “frivolous lawsuits.” They worry that their own case might be “making too much out of nothing,” or that the effort of bringing a lawsuit simply won’t be worth the settlement they may or may not receive.
Working with a personal injury lawyer has its benefits—but there are a lot of myths about it as well. Here’s how to separate fact from fiction:
Myth: The only way to win your case is to go to court.
Fact: Many personal injury cases are settled fairly without a trial.
While a trial is always an option if negotiations fail, experienced personal injury lawyers work hard to reach a fair settlement amount before trial since negotiation can be a more efficient, cost-effective way to ensure you receive the compensation you need.
Myth: Personal injury claims are “frivolous lawsuits” clogging up the courts.
Fact: Most personal injury claims are based on legitimate, life-altering injuries caused by unfair negligence.
The “frivolous lawsuit” myth is popular with politicians who want to cut court funding and with companies that want looser regulatory standards, but it doesn’t reflect the reality of personal injury law. The vast majority of injury plaintiffs have suffered real harm with long-term implications. Your lawsuit could not only secure the compensation you need—it could also hold a negligent person or company accountable for careless behavior.
Myth: You’ll win more if you “go it alone” instead of paying a lawyer.
Fact: You might get a settlement—but it might be much lower than you deserve.
Personal injury lawyers specialize in knowing exactly what types and amounts of compensation the law will allow, and building a case that demonstrates exactly how much you’ll need not only to pay past bills but to meet future needs as well. They also know what tricks insurance companies like to play in order to reduce the amount they pay you, and they know how to prevent those games from costing you money. Negotiating on your own may not cost you lawyer’s fees, but it may cost you much more.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, you know that the pain and suffering you’ve endured is anything but “frivolous.” Choose an experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer who understands this fact and who will fight to ensure that you receive the compensation you need and deserve. Contact Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC to schedule your free initial consultation. We offer direct access to our attorneys 24 hours a day, just call our office at (908) 322-7000 or fill out our convenient online contact form to reach us.
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