Lawyers get a bad rap at times. We’ve all seen the late-night TV commercials touting overeager lawyers who seem obsessed about getting cold, hard cash and nothing else. The good news is that most lawyers aren’t actually like that. Most personal injury attorneys choose to become attorneys for one reason—they understand the complexities of the U.S. legal system and wish to help others obtain justice.
Want more good news? The idea that all attorneys are out to strike it rich is simply a myth. There’s no such thing as a “guaranteed win” personal injury case. Lawyers work hard to succeed with their cases and often place a great deal of reputation on the line when representing a client in a complex case. Law firms aren’t panning for gold. We’re looking to help those in need.
There are a fair number of other myths floating around regarding attorneys and the process of hiring one during a time of crisis such as after a car accident. Here are some of the top myths about hiring a personal injury lawyer in Kentucky:
- Insurance is Enough to Cover the Costs of a Car Crash
Insurance companies aim to settle every claim by saving their company as much money as possible. This means that whenever they can get away with offering you a lower claim amount or finding some loophole to give you less than you deserve, they’ll take that route 100% of the time. Insurance companies don’t always have your interests in mind, and more often than not, you may not get enough money through your policy to cover expensive medical bills or time you take off from work.
- Personal Injury Cases Take Years to Settle
Some personal injury cases can be quite complicated. Others, however, such as most car crash claims, can often be settled before even going to trial. This lets you shorten the amount of time it takes to complete your claim considerably. A quicker claim is often in the best interests of every party involved and many claims get fully settled in less than one year.
- You Need Money Upfront to Hire a Lawyer
Most personal injury attorneys use a different type of billing system from other types of lawyers. At the Law Office of Todd W. Burris, for example, we’re paid by contingency fees. Contingency fees come out of a client’s final settlement amount if their case succeeds. If that client’s case fails, we do not get paid for the case. This means you aren’t required to pay any money upfront whatsoever.
- All Kentucky Lawyers Are Equal
Kentucky, like all states, has a lot of lawyers. When it comes to choosing a personal injury lawyer, you should hire one who has a proven experience record as well as one who is respectful and compassionate. Not all lawyers will treat you or your case equally. When contacting various attorneys, don’t hesitate to ask questions that may help you make the right decision for you and your family.
When considering your legal options in Kentucky, feel free to reach out to Todd W. Burris, Lexington personal injury lawyer, if you have any questions or would like a zero-obligation case consultation. Don’t become a victim of any of the above myths. Learn your rights and let us help you fight back.