Common Misconceptions About Jacksonville Beach Personal Injury Lawsuits
The Law Office of Bruce A. Gartner of Jacksonville Beach, Florida would like to address some common myths and misconceptions about personal injury litigation in Jacksonville Beach. Here are the top four:
I can handle a Jacksonville Beach personal injury lawsuit without an attorney.
While you do not need an attorney to file a Jacksonville Beach personal injury lawsuit, if you opt to represent yourself, you greatly decrease your chances of receiving compensation as well as the amount of compensation you may receive. Insurance companies have many experienced lawyers on their side who spend their careers defending against personal injury lawsuits. Additionally, Jacksonville Beach personal injury litigation can be intricate and complicated. Having an experienced attorney on your side can level the playing field and help ensure that the defendants play by the rules, increasing your chances of receiving just compensation.
There will be a lengthy court battle no matter what.
Although some personal injury lawsuits in Jacksonville Beach do end up in court, many are settled out of court. When the facts of the case are such that it is obvious the plaintiff is owed compensation, it is usually in the best interests of all parties to have the case settled out of court.
If I file suit I am assured compensation.
No one is guaranteed compensation for an injury lawsuit in Jacksonville Beach. While there is a chance you may receive compensation, there is also a chance you may not. A lawyer experienced with personal injury in Jacksonville Beach will be honest with you about your chances of receiving compensation and will not give you false hope. Indeed, almost any lawyer who takes on a personal injury lawsuit in Jacksonville Beach will do so on contingency, which means that they are paid only if their client receives compensation either through a court’s decision or through an out-of-court settlement.
I should wait until I receive compensation for my injuries before I seek medical treatment.
The opposite is true. If you have been injured and think you may have a case for a personal injury lawsuit in Jacksonville Beach, you should seek adequate medical treatment immediately. Your medical records and bills can be used as evidence in the trial of your injuries and as a metric for determining how much compensation you ought to receive.