If you’ve been in an accident that involved a motorcycle, you are probably overwhelmed with what to do next. After receiving medical treatment, one of the first things to do is call a motorcycle accident attorney. You may be eligible for personal injury compensation if you file a claim, and a motorcycle accident attorney can advise you on what the next steps are. If you are eligible for compensation, you will work closely with your lawyer to get the best outcome for your case. For anyone who doesn’t know how to find a motorcycle accident attorney and needs some tips on how to handle personal injury claims, here are some common myths about personal injury lawyers.
Myth #1: Anyone who’s been in an accident is eligible for compensation. False. Personal injury cases seek compensation for things like emotional distress or physical harm, and not everyone who is in an accident suffers these unfortunate outcomes. If you feel that you were seriously harmed by an accident, you should talk to a personal injury lawyer to get more information. Your lawyer will be able to tell you if you qualify for reimbursement of any damages. You will meet together and discuss your situation, and they will evaluate your case on an individual basis.
Myth #2: Personal injury lawsuits offer fast cash for victims of accidents. False. Personal injury lawsuits require lots of time and effort by the client and lawyer to go over the events of the motorcycle crash. These events will be recounted again and again by the victim, and when a plan is finally created for a lawsuit, it will be formally submitted to a court. The person being sued then has a chance to go over the facts with their lawyer, because they may wish to dispute claims made in the official case file. They will respond with an offer or a dispute, and you and your lawyer will decide where to go from there. In short, it’s a time consuming and very involved process that requires active participation of all parties.
Myth #3: I don’t have to pay the lawyer unless I win the case. False. Personal injury lawyers can’t win every case, and they can’t always predict which ones will have a desirable outcome for their client. Lawyers spend time and resources on all cases, even the ones they don’t win, and they need to be paid for their time. Most lawyers do, however, offer a free consultation to discuss cases with new clients. They review the facts and decide if it’s worth pursuing based on the chances of winning a settlement.
Myth #4: Even if I wasn’t injured, I can pretend I was to get a settlement. False. Not only is this an ineffective way to get money, if you are caught, you will go to jail for fraud. Lying about an injury is a serious crime and isn’t a good idea because you will not get away with it. You will probably be caught by the defendant’s lawyer during pre trial investigations. The person being sued (defendant) also has a lawyer, and they will hire a private investigator to verify your claims of injury. They will look into your lifestyle and see if it is consistent with your claims. If not, you won’t get any settlement money and they may counter sue you for a variety of crimes. You may also be subject to criminal sanctions. So, the overall message is to tell the truth.