If you’ve been involved in a personal injury lawsuit, you know the process is a lot different than what is portrayed in the media. As a personal injury lawyer, I am almost always advocating for my clients against big insurance companies.
Because a large majority of personal injury cases are defended by insurance companies, it is in their best interest to present the public with a negative image of injury law. Unfortunately, unless someone is able to experience the legal system first hand, they often continue believing the false messages presented by insurance companies.
The following are 5 myths about personal injury lawsuits insurance companies want you to believe:
1. The number of lawsuits continue to increase. The number of personal injury cases are declining and have been declining for years. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “The total number of civil trials declined by over 50% in the last two decades.”
2. The majority of lawsuits have no merit. If a claim has no merit, it never becomes a lawsuit. The legal process has an incredible system of checks and balances. Personal injury lawyers work on a contingency, so they don’t pursue cases without a strong likelihood the case will be successful. Furthermore, for a case to last past summary judgment, a judge has to determine the case has merit, otherwise it is dismissed immediately.
3. Lawsuits cost tax payers money. The cost of litigation is not passed on to tax-payers. There is no such thing as a ‘tort cost.’ Large corporations fund various groups who work to create theories, such as this one. The more negative light that can be shined on medical malpractice, the more fearful the average American becomes, and the less likely he or she will be to defend their rights.
4. You don’t need a lawyer. Insurance companies don’t want you to have a lawyer because they want you to be vulnerable to their tricks. Insurance companies will try to get you to sign away your rights every chance they get, and if you don’t have a lawyer who has experience fighting insurance companies you won’t get the compensation you deserve.
5. Healthcare costs are rising because of medical malpractice lawsuits. According to the American Medical Association, medical malpractice is responsible for less than two percent of all healthcare spending. Healthcare costs are rising as the cost of living goes up, doctors continue to make more money, and as hospitals continue to increase their costs. The rise in healthcare costs cannot be attributed to medical malpractice lawsuits.
If you or a loved one was injured as a result of someone’s negligence, you have to call me right away at 1 (877) 944-4373.
I have the resources and experience necessary to take on big insurance companies, and I can help you get the compensation you deserve. As your Ohio personal injury lawyer, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®
Author: Tim Misny | For 33 years, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus & Cincinnati, Ohio.” You can reach Tim by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 1 (877) 944-4373.