When someone else’s careless or negligent actions harm you, pursuing a personal injury lawsuit can be your best option for obtaining the compensation to which you are entitled. Unfortunately, however, there are a lot of misconceptions about personal injury cases out there, and these myths can mislead you into compromising your rights or waiting too long to pursue justice.
To dispel some of these misconceptions, this blog will focus on revealing the facts behind some common – and damaging – myths about personal injury cases.
Don’t Buy into these Misconceptions about Personal Injury Cases
Myth 1: I have plenty of time to pursue a lawsuit after my injury or accident.
Fact: There are strict time limits within which personal injury cases have to be filed after an accident or injury has occurred. In fact, these times limits, which are known as statutes of limitations, are two years in Colorado; so, injured people will have two years from the date of their accident/injuries to file a case.
Although this can seem like “plenty” of time, it really is not, and:
- The longer people wait to take action, the weaker their case can become (as there may be less available evidence/witnesses/etc. to back up their version of events).
- Waiting too long can mean that they lose their rights to pursue financial recovery via a personal injury case.
Myth 2: I’ve been offered a settlement from an insurer, so I don’t need to file a personal injury case.
Fact: This, again, is not necessarily true. In fact, what you may not realize is that, after an accident or injury, insurance companies:
- Are not on your side and are not looking out for your interests
- Will not necessarily be forthright in issuing you the full amount of compensation to which you are entitled.
Additionally, you should be aware that, if you have received a settlement offer from an insurer:
- First offers are usually not the “best” offers.
- You should not accept anything until you speak with a lawyer, who can help you figure out if the offer is adequate (or if an insurer may be trying to undervalue your claim).
Myth 3: I don’t need a lawyer’s help to resolve my personal injury case.
Fact: Wrong! This may be one of the most costly and harmful personal injury myths to believe because it can cause people to unintentionally compromise their rights and forego getting the full amount of compensation they deserve.
In fact, you should be aware that personal injury attorneys work on contingency. So, you have nothing to lose – and a lot to potentially gain – by trusting an experienced lawyer to protect your interests and rights moving forward.
Contact a Denver Personal Injury Lawyer at Cederberg Law
If you or a loved one has been hurt by another’s negligence or recklessness, contact a Denver personal injury lawyer at the Cederberg Law to find out more about your best options for financial recovery.
To meet with us at no cost or obligation to you, call us at 303-499-0449 or email us using the form at the side of the screen.
In addition to offering free initial consults and contingency fee options, our lawyers make hospital visits to ensure that you have access to the legal support you need – whenever you need it.