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How Public Perception Twists Personal Injury Lawsuits

Posted on November 24th, 2020 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

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A lot of people have a misconception about personal injury lawsuits. They may think that they are frivolous, petty and that those who seek compensation are simply chasing dollar signs. This just isn’t the case. If you suffered injuries because of someone else’s negligence, you may deserve compensation. Before you let the myths about personal injury lawsuits hold you back, you need to separate the myth from reality.

High Settlements Receive Coverage

Most people think that personal injury lawsuits involve large sums of money because those are the only lawsuits that get media coverage. Often, the news isn’t going to bother with all of the settlements that occur throughout the country. Instead, they will cover a high profile case that involves millions of dollars.

With most personal injury lawsuits, this is not the case. The settlements do not make a person rich. Instead, the settlements are designed to pay for medical bills or lost wages. This is a chance for an injured person to be able to pay off medical debts and other debts that may have incurred due to the injury.

Frivolous Lawsuits Do Not Make it to Court

More often than not, a frivolous lawsuit will never be heard before the judge. While a frivolous lawsuit can make it to the judge, odds are he or she will throw the case out quickly. Most lawyers will not accept frivolous cases. After all, if there is no case, they will not receive a payout at the end of the trial. To prove personal injury, you have to have medical documentation, accident reports, witness statements and more to prove your claim. If you do not have a valid claim, you will not have the evidence necessary to win the case.

Punitive Damages Are Possible but not Common

Punitive damages may be awarded when a company or person behaves in a deplorable enough way that the judge awards the plaintiff punitive damages. This payment is supposed to punish the defendant and to deter anyone else from behaving in the same way. These types of damages, however, are rare in comparison to compensatory damages.

If you want to file a personal injury lawsuit, do not believe the public perception that personal injury claims are frivolous or for those who are seeking a large payout. The payment is for medical bills and lost wages. To find out if you have a case, contact a personal injury lawyer, like the office of The Law Firm of Frederick J. Brynn, P.C.

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