Common Misconceptions About Personal Injury CasesApril 13, 2011
If you’ve suffered a personal injury, you know the aftermath can be one of the most confusing, stressful, and even painful times of your life. Whether you’ve been injured in a car accident, on an unsafe premise, or by a hazardous product, you’ll be asking the same questions: What should you do? Who can you talk to? Do you need to hire an attorney to get the results you’re looking for? With all you’re feeling during this time, you might be looking for guidance on what steps are best in your unique case. Follow Hornberger & Brewer as we dispel some common misconceptions about personal injury cases.
I don’t need to hire a personal injury attorney.
This is the most dangerous misconception of all! Chances are, you’re not viewing your personal injury case through the eyes of the law. At Hornberger & Brewer, our experienced personal injury lawyers will review your unique case with trained legal eyes. Our attorneys will determine if your injury was caused by another’s negligence, recklessness, or even criminal behavior. We’ll help you get the full compensation you deserve, including payment for your medical bills, property damage, lost income, and pain and suffering.
I can’t afford a personal injury attorney.
We offer a free initial consultation on all major personal injury cases. We’ll tell you up front what kind of case you have and what compensation you might expect to receive from it.
If I’m partly to blame for the accident, I can’t collect compensation.
You’ll collect exactly what you’re entitled to, because the state of California uses a comparative negligence system to establish damage awards. Comparative negligence assigns a percentage of responsibility to each party in the action. If you are deemed 25 percent responsible for causing the accident, that means you’re still able to collect 75 percent of the total damages you suffered. Even if you’re 99 percent responsible for causing the accident, you can still receive 1 percent of the total damages you suffered.
I’ll have to appear in court to receive full compensation.
Most personal injury lawsuits are settled before they go to court. Sometimes the other party only needs to see that you’ve secured legal representation and that you’re ready to meet them in court. Then they’re more likely to make you a decent settlement offer for your injuries, and if you’re not satisfied with their first offer, we can negotiate terms until both sides agree.
If a settlement cannot be reached and the case goes to trial, don’t worry—you’ll have experienced trial lawyers on your side! Hornberger & Brewer’s years of trial experience have enabled us to blend medical and technical knowledge into a persuasive legal strategy. We have proven ourselves by effectively connecting with juries and expertly representing our clients’ best interests. This trial strategy often yields excellent results for our clients, evidenced by our multiple verdicts in the $20–$30 million range.
If you’ve suffered a personal injury, don’t let these common misconceptions prevent you from getting the compensation you deserve! Trust the personal injury attorneys at Hornberger & Brewer to guide you through this delicate time. We are the California personal injury attorneys with a difference, and we’re ready to meet the challenges of your unique case. Our firm specializes in providing skilled and compassionate personal injury lawyers who will fight for our clients’ compensation. We’ll always take the time to listen to you. Visit our website to schedule your free consultation.
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