Even if you’ve never been a part of a personal injury case before, you probably have some expectations of what’s going to happen. Yes, personal injury cases result from someone suffering a bodily injury as the result of someone else’s negligence. Personal injury cases do generally resolve with the award of a settlement, and the processes are generally the same. It is, however, important to understand that each case is different. Here are three things you shouldn’t expect from your personal injury case.
1. To Have to Go to Court.
Since in personal injury cases the person liable for the accident is legally responsible for the person’s injury, many people think that they will have to go to court to resolve their case. This is not necessarily true. Between 95% and 96% of personal injury cases are actually resolved out of court, so chances are yours will too.
2. Winning a Big Injury Claim.
Some people think that suffering a personal injury means winning a big injury claim and never having to work again. This is not the case. The amount of settlement awards can vary per type of case (for example, medical malpractice has the highest average damage awards at $600,000). Moreover, settlements are determined by the evaluation of specific losses, like medical bills and lost wages which can vary by the individual and the accident.
3. That You Don’t Need a Lawyer.
Another common mistaken expectation that people have about personal injury cases is that they are not going to need a lawyer. This may be true in some cases, but it’s always a good measure to have a qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer to help you through the process, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent you if your case actually does go to court.
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