The American legal system is chock full of words and phrases that can be difficult for the average person to fully comprehend, often causing confusion between what is fact and fiction.
In this blog, we will debunk a few of the most common misconceptions within personal injury law:
Myth: I can't afford to hire a personal injury attorney to represent me.
Truth: Like many personal injury attorneys, Hirsch Andrade, LLP operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that you owe nothing until we recover a settlement or verdict for you. We advance all of the expenses to professionally prepare your case at our own risk. If the case is lost, our legal team absorbs the costs.
Myth: My injury isn’t that severe, so I’m sure an attorney won’t be able to help me.
Truth: There are many times when an injury may not seem severe immediately after the incident. Thus, it is important to be seen by a medical professional as soon as possible following the incident. If you are in pain and are incurring medical bills, this is an indication that you likely have a personal injury case and need professional assistance.
Myth: The insurance company will handle everything. I don’t need a lawyer.
Truth: Insurance companies prioritize profits over people. They are not in the business of ensuring that your financial, physical, emotional, and medical needs are being met. Contact one of the personal injury attorneys at Hirsch Andrade, LLP who will advocate for your needs to get you the full compensation you deserve.
Myth: If I hire an attorney then my case will have to go to court.
Truth: Most personal injury cases are settled out of court, so that injured people rarely see the inside of a courtroom.
Myth: Social media posts can’t be used as proof in a legal case.
Truth: As you may know from TV shows, anything you say can, and will, be used against you in a court of law. Posts on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram can be found by insurance companies and their investigators, to be manipulated during litigation and potentially used as evidence against you. You do not necessarily need to be in a formal courtroom setting for such posts to reflect poorly on you.
Myth: Every attorney is the same.
Truth: No two attorneys are the same. Every attorney has their own unique skill set and expertise within their practice areas. At Hirsch Andrade, LLP, every case is handled by our entire team, each an established leader in Connecticut's legal community.
If you are in an accident, even a minor injury can affect your physical health, emotional well-being, and financial security. Small injuries like a broken bone may not seem like a big deal at the time, but could have a profound and lasting impact on your health and ability to work going forward. It’s recommended that you speak with a personal injury attorney after sustaining any injury. Contact Hirsch Andrade, LLP at (203) 331-8888 for a free consultation.