In our legal team’s experience, few people know very much about personal injury law. Hopefully, the reason they know little is due to their lack of injuries in the past, but once an accident occurs, it’s important to understand what to do next. Today, we are debunking three myths about personal injury claims so you will be better equipped to receive compensation after you become injured due to someone else’s negligible actions.
- Myth #1: You can file a personal injury claim anytime. This is false. Every state has a statute of limitations, meaning you have a specific amount of time before you are no longer able to file a lawsuit. In Alabama, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is two years from the date of the accident, per Alabama Code 6-2-38.
- Myth #2: It’s not worth it to hire a lawyer if my injury is minor. You don’t need to be involved in a severe accident to file a personal injury claim. Even if you think your injury is minor, you shouldn’t have to pay for medical attention if you’re not at fault. In addition, you shouldn’t automatically assume that your injury is minor, since there may be long term effects that you need to address moving forward.
- Myth #3: Your claim could bankrupt the at-fault party. Many people are hesitant to file a personal injury claim because they don’t want to be greedy or bankrupt the person or business at fault. However, this is unlikely. The at-fault party’s insurance will pay for the damages more often than not, so their personal assets will not be in jeopardy.
If you need a lawyer who is well-versed in personal injury law to handle your case, contact us at Arnold Law Offices. We have offices in Talladega and Pell City, Alabama.