5 personal injury claim myths

Posted at 1:25 PM, Oct 24, 2017

"Personal injury" is personal indeed. It can mean you'll have significant pain and suffering, lost wages, and need extensive medical care.


Lerner and Rowe’s Phoenix personal injury lawyers want you to let the following five myths about personal injury claims help you decide if you should file a claim. Learn the truth instead, and make an informed decision.


Myth 1: You don't need a lawyer. Technically, that's true, in that you may represent yourself during your case. However, you'll have to deal with any defendant's lawyer(s) on your own, as well as other officials like the insurance adjuster. It's really best to leave the details to an experienced personal injury lawyer, so that you can focus on your recovery from injury.


Myth 2: You'll have to pay your lawyer up front. Do you think you can't afford a lawyer such that you have to represent yourself? Not true. Most personal injury lawyers operate on what's called a "contingency fee basis." That means they don't collect any legal fees from you unless you win your case. (Lerner & Rowe Injury Attorneys operate on a contingency fee basis, too.)


Why do they do this? Because every personal injury victim deserves justice and fair compensation for their pain and suffering – even if they "can't afford" to pay a lawyer. The contingency fee basis means that justice is available to you, regardless of your ability to pay a lawyer.


Myth 3: You will have to go to court to settle your case. At Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys, personal injury lawyers will opt for a trial if necessary; however, most cases settle, meaning your lawyers know how to negotiate for a truly fair settlement and will take your best interests into consideration as they do so. That means you get fair compensation without having to go through the stress of a trial.


Myth 4: You can only be compensated for your physical injuries. Not true. A personal injury settlement or jury award often offers compensation for the emotional and psychological pain and suffering caused by the incident and the physical injury, too. For example, you could suffer from depression or anxiety as a result of an injury from a car accident. Those are legitimate symptoms of your pain and suffering as caused by the incident, and can be compensated for through settlement or jury award.


Myth 5: Most personal injury lawsuits are "frivolous," filed by people who only want easy money. Not true. Phoenix personal injury lawyers know how to evaluate and "weed out" people who are only filing claims to try to get "easy money." Remember that they take cases on contingency and don't get paid unless they win – and any "frivolous" lawsuits are almost sure to be thrown out of court; that's a waste of their time and their money.


It is also important to note that personal injury lawyers focus on legitimate cases. When they weed out those "frivolous," "looking for easy money" cases, they can spend their time representing honest plaintiffs like you. That means they can devote their resources to helping you win.





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Filing a personal injury claim with the assistance of personal injury lawyers can help ensure you get the compensation you deserve. At Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys, personal injury lawyers are all highly experienced in delivering the best customer service and winning challenging cases. Call (602) 977-1900 anytime or contact a lawyer online through the LiveChat feature, or by submitting a free case review at They offer free consultations and there is never a fee unless you win.