Filing A Lawsuit: What You Should Know

Many people view going to court as a nerve-wracking experience. The thought of a shadowy courtroom, strange faces, and a stoic judge come to mind for some. Alongside those grim courtroom images we conjure up because of TV shows and movies, we have the large legal bills weighing on our mind as well.

However, some of those fears may be misplaced. If you have been injured in an accident and have put off filing your claim out of fear of the courtroom, there are a few things you should know to help ease your mind.

File Without Fees Or Upfront Costs

You will find that many personal injury attorneys will work on a contingency fee basis. This means you only pay when your case is successfully resolved, and you don't have to shell out money before you can file and start the process. Standard fees under this contingency model typically run between 30 and 40% of the compensation that is ultimately recovered following the lawsuit.

If you find yourself low on funds and buried in medical bills, don't shy away from the legal process. You can get the compensation you deserve without the unnecessary suffering just because you feel as though it is out of your reach.

The Judge And The Courtroom

You would be surprised by the number of personal injury cases that are settled out of court. This means you may not even have to go into a courtroom and face a judge at all. Going to trial can be overwhelming, time-consuming, and expensive. When you have the right personal injury attorney on your side, your legal dispute has a better chance of being negotiated and settled out of court.

Combatting The Insurance Company

When the injury was caused by a small business or a person rather than a large corporation, we sometimes opt out of filing because we don't want to hurt the other party, even when they are liable. However, that individual or small business owner may not be the one who ends up paying the claim. Their insurance company is the one you will often find yourself up against.

Since an insurance company wants to hold onto as much money as possible, they will do whatever they can to disprove your case so they don't have to pay your claim. An experienced attorney can help you combat the insurance company and help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
While the insurance company will most likely pay the claim, the insurance rates for the liable party may increase.

Private Life Isn't Made Public

Some fear that a lawsuit opens their private life up to speculation and scrutiny. This is not always the case. For many personal injury claims, the negotiations and settlements are almost always private. All parties are bound by law, so they cannot disclose any of the information pertaining to the agreement that has been reached.

While this may vary for different situations, it is something you can get clarification on ahead of time when you speak to your attorney about your concerns. If the lawsuit does end up going to trial, it will be made public record.

Finding Your Attorney

Hiring a personal injury attorney can be a tedious process if the thought of a lawsuit is already weighing on your mind. However, they can prove to be an incredible asset for your case and provide you with valuable information throughout your claim.

Your personal injury attorney has your best interests at heart, and they will help fight your case to reach a fair settlement for your injuries.


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