Whether you have been in a motorcycle accident in Homestead or have sustained serious injuries some other way, most legal experts recommend that you speak with a personal injury attorney in your community in order to get legal advice so that you can safeguard your rights. However, many people have misconceptions about attorneys that prevent them from seeking help in time. The most common misconceptions that we at the Flaxman Law Group hear is:
Myth: “I can’t afford an attorney.”
The reality is that you may not be able to afford not getting an attorney. If you have been in a pedestrian accident in Homestead or have sustained an injury some other way, you will likely be faced with medical bills, lost income, property damage, and other expenses. Not getting an attorney can mean that you only get a fraction of what you deserve – and the rest comes out of your own pocket, whether you can afford it or not.
Attorneys understand that if you have been in an accident you may be worried about money. That’s why many personal injury attorneys offer free consultations. This allows you to get an opinion with no risk and no cost. Attorneys such as the legal professionals at the Flaxman Law Group are also willing to take cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that no legal fees will be charged until you win a settlement or recovery. If you do not win, you may not be responsible for these costs.
Myth: “I’m covered by insurance so I don’t need an attorney.”
In many cases, insurance companies try to resolve claims inexpensively and quickly. Often, you will not get all the costs of your medical bills and other expenses covered by an initial insurance offer. Insurance companies, after all, are in the business of making money, not paying out the maximum on every claim. An attorney can review your case and help you see how much your injuries may cost. He or she can also negotiate to get you a better insurance offer.
Myth: “I don’t want to sue, so I don’t need an attorney.”
Many people feel bad about taking legal action. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that pursuing a legal claim is your right. The laws that allow you to pursue a claim are there to protect you. You are entitled to compensation and you should never feel bad about that.
Keep in mind, too, that attorneys can do more than just file a legal claim. They can review your situation, negotiate with your insurance company, help you consider all your legal choices, resolve insurance disputes in Homestead or your community, help you find resources and help you through the claims process.
Myth: “There aren’t legal options in my case.”
It’s very difficult for a layperson to make this assessment without legal advice. In many situations, there are multiple options and there may even be multiple liable parties. Personal injury attorneys work with many cases similar to yours and may be able to see solutions that you are not aware of.
Myth: “I can always hire an attorney later.”
This is one instance were procrastination can really hurt you. When you wait too long after an injury, important evidence in your case may go missing. If you accept insurance money or any offer, you may sign away your rights to pursue a claim. The sooner you contact an attorney, the more quickly an attorney can pursue all options and build a strong case for you.
Contact the Flaxman Law Group today for a free consultation if you’d like to discuss what an attorney can do for you.