I previously wrote about 5 myths that would hurt your personal injury case. Those are not the only myths that can hurt you. Here are 5 more myths about a car accident case that can hurt you. Avoid falling for any of these myths.
1. LOWER ATTORNEY FEES ARE BETTER FOR YOU
A lower fee may get you more money, but read the fine print. Sometimes a lower fee means the attorney will not work the case up to get you full value for your case! Sometimes it means the attorney will not resolve every issue for you. Sometimes, it means the attorney will settle the case as quickly as possible. Make sure you know what you are getting!
2. AN AGGRESSIVE ATTORNEY IS BEST
Aggression works well in football, not always for an attorney. An attorney who is overly aggressive will cause the insurance company to dig in and not settle your case. There is a time and place for an attorney to be aggressive, or overly aggressive. But there is a time and place to work with people. Do not assume an attorney should always be aggressive.
3. THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS CAN BE EXTENDED
No. The deadline is set by law. It cannot be extended by the insurance company. Do not fall for this myth that the adjuster will tell you!
9. LEGAL INSURANCE CAN HELP YOU WITH AN AUTO ACCIDENT
Legal insurance may have many benefits (and I know because I sell it), but for personal injury cases, most attorneys work on a contingency and offer free consultations. It is important to work with someone who knows the latest on the law for you. Find an attorney who emphasizes personal injury work.
10. ALL A TTORNEYS ARE EQUAL
Attorneys have different skills, knowledge and experiences. These differences are important. You need to find an attorney who has experience in your type of case. Some attorneys will make sure that you deal only with the attorney. Some attorneys will have you deal with a legal assistant or paralegal. You have to know what you want and what would make you comfortable. Make sure you hire the right attorney for you.
Any time you have been in a car accident, there are many emotions. There is a lot going on for you. Make sure that you do not fall for any of these myths. Talk to an attorney (or two or three) and find someone who can work with you and make you comfortable!