Personal injury accident victims often suffer painful injuries and astronomical medical bills. However, many accident victims avoid pursuing a claim for compensation because of the myths and misconceptions surrounding filing a lawsuit and hiring a personal injury lawyer. These misconceptions can cause lasting harm to victims as they are stuck footing the bill for their own recovery.
At Stewart Melvin & Frost, our experienced Trial Team is committed to answering all of our client’s legal questions and putting damaging myths to rest. Our Trial Team, headed by Mark Alexander and Andrew Gould, has decades of experience holding negligent folks accountable and helping their clients recover compensation for their injuries and losses.
5 Common Misconceptions About Personal Injury Claims in Georgia
Unfortunately, many personal injury victims never receive the compensation they need to recover because they refuse to pursue a personal injury claim due to damaging misconceptions about the claims process. Some common myths include:
Myth #1: Minor Injuries are Not Worth a Personal Injury Claim
After a personal injury accident, you may not know the full extent of your injuries right away. Many accident injuries are not visible to the naked eye and could worsen as time passes. Regardless of how severe your injuries seem, you should always be thoroughly evaluated by a medical professional before deciding whether you should pursue compensation for your injuries.
Myth #2: People With Insurance Do Not Need a Personal Injury Lawyer
Unfortunately, insurance companies do not have the best interests of accident victims at heart. Often, the insurance company will attempt to offer you the lowest settlement possible for the injuries you have sustained. Sometimes, legal action is required to hold negligent parties accountable for their actions. The Trial Team at Stewart Melvin & Frost will work tirelessly so that you may receive the compensation you need to move your life forward.
Myth # 3: Personal Injury Cases Can Be Filed at Any Time
There is a statute of limitations on all personal injury cases in Georgia. If you have been injured in an accident, you have two years from the accident date to file a personal injury claim. While that may seem like an ample amount of time, it is always in your best interest to file a claim well before the statute of limitations expires. Evidence and witness testimonies may be lost or destroyed over time, making it more challenging for your lawyer to establish liability.
Myth #4: You Will Ruin Someone’s Life by Suing Them
Often, victims know the person responsible for their accident personally and worry about the implications of suing them. While these situations can be challenging to navigate, it is essential to put your own health and financial needs first. In most cases, your friend or family member’s insurance will cover your settlement, and they will not have to pay out of pocket.
Myth #5: People Who File Personal Claims Are Greedy
There is an unfortunate stigma associated with personal injury claims that may lead victims to believe that pursuing compensation is just a way to get easy money. However, there is no reason to feel guilt or shame over filing a personal injury claim. The costs of hospital stays, medication, and physical therapy can financially devastate victims that have to finance their recovery. If you have been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve to recover damages for your losses.
Talk to a Trusted Georgia Personal Injury Attorney
The Trial Team at Stewart Melvin & Frost, led by Mark Alexander and Andrew Gould, is dedicated to helping clients in North Georgia pursue the justice they deserve through a personal injury claim. Our experienced and hard-working attorneys are committed to using their decades of experience to provide their clients with the best possible legal representation to hold folks accountable for their losses. Our highly-qualified personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you are not obligated to pay us until your case is settled.
The Trial Team at Stewart Melvin & Frost is committed to being responsive to their clients, guaranteeing calls and emails are answered within 24 hours.
“One of the reasons we are able to be so responsive is that we are very selective in the cases we get involved in,” Attorney Alexander said. “We only handle a limited number of cases so that when a client calls, we are able to get back in touch with them quickly.”