Here at Piervincenti & Tarantino Law, PLLC, we have extensive experience in personal injury law, and we are here to help you fight for the compensation you need. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of misinformation surrounding personal injury law, which means that for many people who have been injured, it’s hard to know what to do. In this article, we will go over a few of the most common myths surrounding personal injury law and give the correct information instead.
• Myth: Lawyers are too expensive. In our experience, many people hesitate to make personal injury claims because they believe they will have to pay their lawyer upfront or hourly. In reality, most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis. This means if you win your case, they will take a portion of the settlement as their fee; you don’t have to pay anything upfront.
• Myth: If the other party is at fault, you are guaranteed a settlement. Unfortunately, no legal outcome is ever guaranteed, and you should be wary of any lawyer who makes these kinds of claims. Even if the case seems extremely clear-cut and you have plenty of evidence to prove that the other party is at fault, the opposing side may be able to make a convincing case for why they shouldn’t be found liable.
• Myth: You can file a personal injury claim whenever you want. In reality, you have a limited amount of time to decide whether you want to move forward with a personal injury case or not. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in North Carolina is generally three years, but there are some exceptions, so it’s important to do your research and speak to a lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your options.