Many people have misconceptions about the process of accident and injury claims, and this includes common myths about personal injury lawyers. Personal injury involves many moving parts, complex state law, and the added layer of medical recovery, so this confusion is understandable. Here are some of the most common myths about hiring a personal injury lawyer.

Myth #1: I Don’t Need an Attorney for a Minor Accident

While a small percentage of minor accidents probably do not need an attorney’s involvement, this is a myth in most cases. It is helpful to have legal representation regardless of the severity of an accident. Seeing the big picture of how a car accident will impact you in the future can be challenging if you don’t know what you are entitled to under Georgia law. An attorney will understand exactly what you can seek damages for and how your current injuries and harm may affect you in the future.

Myth #2: I’ll Lose Money if I Hire an Attorney

This myth presents itself in numerous ways. Some people believe that an attorney will take all of their settlement money or court-awarded damages. Others think that any fee a lawyer takes is too much because they can get a fair settlement offer on their own. Both of these are misconceptions. Not only do attorneys consistently negotiate higher settlement amounts than self-represented parties, but the legal fees for personal injury attorneys are often contingency-based. Contingency fees are based on a percentage of a client’s financial award, so an injured party does not owe their attorney more money than they receive from their claim or lawsuit.

Myth #3: It’s Easy to Prove Fault

Many people think that a police report or their personal statement of the accident is enough to establish fault. This is not true. Proving that the other driver was responsible for the accident that caused your injuries is not an easy task, especially when that driver’s insurance company has a team of lawyers working against you.

Busting the Myths: What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do?

First, what is personal injury? The definition is somewhat broad because personal injury encompasses so many different types of accidents and incidents. Personal injury refers to the area of law that involves injuries to someone’s reputation, physical health, or psychological health that are caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness. A personal injury lawyer represents injured victims of these accidents and incidents to help them recover damages, closure, and justice.

Flanagan Law: Personal Injury Lawyers With Compassion and Experience

At Flanagan Law, our personal injury attorneys care about each client as a whole person. We prioritize their physical, emotional, and financial recovery by dedicating our best efforts to securing fair compensation or winning an award of damages in court. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

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