Posted on: June 18, 2013
There are a lot of stereotypes and misperceptions out there about personal injury and auto accident attorneys. If you’ve been hurt in a South Carolina auto accident, on the job, don’t let those stereotypes dissuade you from contacting an attorney and getting the compensation you deserve.
Here are a few of the common misperceptions we hear about personal injury law and the truth behind them.
1. Fiction: Personal injury lawyers are ambulance chasers who get rich exploiting accident victims.
Fact: Most South Carolina personal injury lawyers have chosen the field because they believe in helping people get the justice and compensation they need and deserve. Personal injury law tends to attract idealistic people who want to work for the little guy rather than big corporations because it’s what they believe in.
2. Fiction: Hiring a personal injury lawyer is expensive
Fact: Most South Carolina personal injury lawyers work on contingency fees, which means they don’t get paid unless they win your case. If you win, they will collect a previously agreed upon percentage of the settlement or award.
3. Fiction: You can get a settlement without help from a lawyer
Fact: It’s true that you can file a claim against the responsible party’s insurance and usually get some compensation if you have valid medical bills and sufficient evidence. However, research by insurance companies shows that victims represented by an attorney are likely to recover more money than what they would have on their own. If you were injured badly enough to need to see specialists and to require ongoing physical therapy, major car repairs or if you missed work and lost wages because of the injuries you sustained in the accident, you will most likely need an attorney to fight for the maximum amount of compensation.
4. Fiction: If you call a South Carolina personal injury law firm, the attorneys will always tell you need an attorney, whether you do or not.
Fact: Not every accident requires a lawyer. Some cases are straightforward. If you have minor injuries and suffered a small amount of property damage, you will not likely need a lawyer. And because most South Carolina auto accident and personal injury lawyers work on contingency, they won’t tell you that you need a lawyer if they don’t think they can fight your case to win more for you than you could have gotten without an attorney.
If you have questions about South Carolina personal injury law and what an attorney can do for you, contact the experienced and knowledgeable attorneys at George Sink Injury Lawyers. We’re always available to answer questions and offer a free consultation.