Car accidents happen every day on West Virginia roads and you never expect it for one second until it happens to you. As you might find, every single car accident out there is different from the next in some way, to the injuries you sustain to the actions of the other party at the time the accident takes place. Because of this, there are many misconceptions that are spread regarding any personal injury case. How do you gain a better understanding of what actually happens during a personal injury case and what is false?
Myths and Misconceptions Regarding Personal Injury Cases
You can definitely wait to receive medical attention, as you will be able to bring a claim no matter what. Many people every year delay receiving the medical attention they actually need after being involved in a car accident. They might brush themselves off after the accident and think, “I’m not in pain, so I must not have injuries” only to find out weeks later that serious injuries were brewing all along that begin causing serious pain. As long as you’re within the statute of limitations, you have a right to bring a claim – and you should never, ever go without medical treatment. Put your health first.
A personal injury claim is going to be a long process and I doubt it will bring any results. You might have a false impression that your case will be a drawn-out ordeal and that it will be years before you receive anything, if at all. This might be because an idea was put into your head that all claims go to court. This is simply untrue and you might be able to work toward a personal injury settlement instead, which is a simpler and streamlined process that allows you to receive the compensation you deserve.
I’ve received only minor injuries, so I don’t have to bring a claim. Even minor injuries warrant a case. If you have received injuries, it is obvious that medical bills are involved – and most often, these are claims that you might not be able to handle on your own. If another party has caused damages, it might be a good idea to seek compensation with the help of an attorney.
I can work things out with the other driver to avoid going to court. This is one of the biggest mistakes that many victims of car accidents make every year. They believe that it will be easy to negotiate with the other driver on the spot, but this is how you get cheated out of compensation you deserve. You never know how serious an injury will get or the real damage your vehicle sustained, which is why you should leave this in the hands of an attorney instead of handling these matters on your own.
My insurance company will handle everything for me. Insurance coverage is great and necessary. However, you might find that you have a policy that won’t handle everything for you or feel that you are being offered less than you deserve.
Your Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
Another big mistake that people make after a car accident is trying to handle their claim on their own. Instead, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who can settle all of these matters from the very beginning, assuring you that your rights will be protected every step of the way. Our attorneys at Katz Kantor Stonestreet & Buckner are here for you during one of the most difficult times of your life, helping you gain the damages you deserve after you have sustained proven injuries and other damages. Contact us for more information to find out what we can do for you at (304) 713-2014.