Common Myths associated with personal injury claims

By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Although filing and obtaining a personal injury claim can be quite easy, as long as you have all the necessary information and requirements, there are times when the process can seem overwhelming. In addition, certain rumors have contributed to the creation of myths around this type of case that can make you hesitate when filing a lawsuit, and may even prevent you from obtaining the compensation you deserve.

Personal injury lawsuits take a long time to complete

One of the most common myths about personal injury cases is that they can take months, even years, to reach a verdict that results in compensation. The prospect of hiring an attorney and having to prepare and file the proper paperwork, negotiate with the other party, and wait in hopes of reaching a favorable outcome can be intimidating, especially with the possibility of the process dragging on indefinitely.

In most situations, however, a personal injury case can usually be completed in as little as a few months, especially if you work with your attorney during the documentation and information and testimony gathering phases. If your claim is supported by concrete and organized information, you are more likely to avoid missing any important deadlines that could prevent you from receiving compensation.

The other party will have to pay for the damage out of their own pocket.

The idea of forcing financial responsibilities on someone who may not be able to pay them is another reason a person may hesitate to file a personal injury claim. However, most of the time, the other party is not responsible for paying directly for the damages caused. Frequently, the expenses related to compensation will be handled by an insurance company, which will be in charge not only of covering the total amount to be paid, but also of agreeing on the installments or planes in which this payment will be made.

Insurance companies will compensate you for all of your injuries

When dealing with any insurance company, including your own, it’s important to understand that their ultimate goal is to make money. That means paying as little as possible in any compensation related to a claim. Many insurance companies will try to offer you less than you deserve, and once you accept their offer, you can’t go back and ask for more money to cover unexpected costs related to your injury.

About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.