Myths and Misconceptions About Personal Injuries

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Myths and misconceptions permeate all aspects of our lives. In the area of personal injury law, lawyers are familiar with these myths which can have detrimental effects on people seeking help. Myths such as, “I’m not injured enough to file a claim” and, “insurance will cover all of this” prevent injured people from seeking the help they need. This article discusses some of these and why they are not true.

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Myth #1 – The Same Rules Apply to All Personal Injuries

This is not true. For example, if you are injured on the job, different rules apply than if you were injured in a car crash unrelated to your work. Different rules apply to injuries that occur in different states. Your right to recover compensation for an injury can be affected significantly by the circumstances surrounding it. A personal injury lawyer can help you determine the type of personal injury case you have so that you can take the necessary steps to recover the compensation you deserve.

Myth #2 – Personal Injury Lawsuits Only Cover Physical Damage

False. You can seek compensation for many things related to suffering a personal injury. A few examples of these are punitive damages, emotional distress, pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical bills. Just because you cannot see an injury does not mean it does not exist.

Myth #3 – My Injuries Are Not Severe Enough

After an accident, many people tend to overthink their situation. Regardless of how minor your injuries seem, you should consult a lawyer. Some injuries do not involve a great deal of medical treatment, but they cause significant pain, inconvenience, or disability. Although your medical treatment is an important factor in a case, the dollar value of your medical bills does not determine the value of your case. Furthermore, some injuries may worsen over time, so it is better to be safe than sorry. Our team would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding an injury.

Myth #4 – All Damages Will Be Covered By Insurance

Many insurance policies do not cover all of the costs associated with accidents. And, it is common for insurance companies to act only in their own best interests. Paying out less money increases their profits. Our attorneys can help you recover all of the compensation you deserve. 

Myth #5 – I Have Time To File My Personal Injury Claim

This is not always true. Each state has specific statutes of limitations (deadlines to file a lawsuit). We handle Missouri and Kansas personal injury cases. Kansas and Missouri have different statutes of limitation. To ensure that your claim is not barred by the statute of limitations, it is advisable to file it well in advance. Waiting until the last day to file suit is generally unwise. Your lawyer will be able to get better results if he or she is able to investigate your case as early as possible. Witnesses’ memories may fade and evidence may disappear or be destroyed if you do not act quickly. Time is of the essence.

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An experienced personal injury lawyer can determine whether you are entitled to compensation if you are injured in an accident.

At Morefield Speicher Bachman, we have a long history of handling personal injury cases. Don’t hesitate to contact our lawyers at (913) 839-2808.