Most people get their ideas of what legal cases are going to be like from mainstream media or some unfounded assumptions about what the legal world is really like. Unfortunately, this often gives people a number of misconceptions about what their experience is going to be like when they do get involved in any kind of legal case. People who have been injured in accidents that were caused by someone else’s negligence fall into the area of law called personal injury. Here are a few things that you should not expect if you’re involved in a case like this.
1. That you’ll have to go to court.
One of the main expectations that people have when they have a case like this is that they’re going to court, but chances are that’s not going to happen. Only between 4% and 5% of personal injury cases actually go to court. Most of the time the injured party and the liable party’s insurer settle things without ever going into a courtroom.
2. To get awarded a huge personal injury settlement.
Another common misconception is that all personal injury cases end with some huge damage award, but this is also not true. Some cases do have large damage awards — the average median damage award for medical malpractice is $600,000 — but this is not typical. The amount of the settlement will depend on your monetary losses, like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
3. Not to need a lawyer.
Some people think that their case is so cut and dry that they don’t need to hire a lawyer to “win,” but it’s almost always a good idea to have a lawyer by your side. Remember that personal injury is a legal matter, so you’re going to need expert advice and counsel. Personal injury lawyers are also usually experienced in making negotiations with insurance companies, so you won’t have to do that on your own.
Have you ever gone through the process of a personal injury case? Feel free to share your experience with us in the comments section below.