If you've already looked at the first part of this post, you understand there are a lot of misperceptions out there about South Carolina personal injury lawyers. Unfortunately, the list goes on. There are a lot of reasons people who need legal help opt not to call an attorney when they should. Here are a few more examples of myths about auto accident and personal injury lawyers you shouldn't let keep you from asking for legal help.
1. Fiction: The people who sue in personal injury cases are overly litigious and greedy.
Fact: This is just not true. Insurance companies are for-profit businesses who do not have accident victims' best interests at heart, especially when the victim is not the company's customer. Treating injuries sustained in a car accident, on the job or as the result of someone else's negligence can cost you dearly in medical bills. And insurance companies often don't offer enough to cover those bills let alone money for lost wages or ongoing complications.
2. Fiction: Winning a personal injury settlement is like winning the lottery with gobs of money leftover after paying medical bills.
Fact: The real purpose, and generally the real outcome, in personal injury cases is to recover enough money to pay your current and continuing medical bills along with recovering lost wages and replacing damaged property. While recovering lost wages can feel a bit like a windfall, it's actually just paying back your losses.
South Carolina personal injury lawyers can also sometimes recover damages for pain and suffering or punitive damages in the instance that the other party was grossly negligent. But even then, you shouldn't expect a massive overcompensation for your real losses.
3. Fiction: Personal injury cases take too long to resolve if you fight
Fact: While it will usually take longer to resolve a case through the judicial system than if you accept the insurance company's initial offer, it doesn't typically take longer than a year. And the award amount is usually large enough to justify the wait. However, since every case is different, it is always a good idea to ask a South Carolina attorney about the particular circumstances that impact your case. Since most offer a free consultation, gaining some peace of mind won't cost you anything.
If you have questions about South Carolina personal injury law, call the knowledgeable and experienced attorneys at George Sink Injury Lawyers. We are always available to answer questions and offer a free consultation on your case so you come away with a better understanding of your rights and all of your options.