In 2018, over 28 million Americans suffered from unintentional injuries according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some of these injuries were serious and accompanied with long-term, and sometimes life-changing, effects.

Getting injured due to another’s negligence is not only devastating, it can be overwhelming. 
If you are injured due to someone’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering by filing a personal injury claim. However, preconceived myths about the personal injury claim process could delay your path to recovery and cost you precious compensation. 

To help clear up any misconceptions, here are common myths surrounding personal injury law:

Myth 1: Personal Injury Claim = Easy Money
In Florida, you can be compensated for the damages as a result of your injuries. These damages can include but are not to: 
  • - Medical costs, including ongoing costs depending on severity of the injury
  • - Lost wages
  • - Pain and suffering (physical, mental, and emotional)
  • - Reduced quality of life
While you will be compensated, it’s hardly “easy” money. While you are injured or recovering from your injuries, you likely will not earn a paycheck. Depending on your settlement, you may reimbursed for out-of-pocket costs instead of receiving a lump sum to pay bills “as needed.” As with any personal injury claim, your case is unique and compensation amounts will vary based on the facts of your case. 

Myth 2: You Have Time to File a Personal Injury Claim
In each state, there is limited time in which you can file a personal injury claim. 

Myth 3: Medical Bills Should Be Paid as They Are Incurred
As nice and convenient as this would be, it is untrue. When the medical bills start piling up, the payment responsibility falls on you, your health insurer or your auto insurer (if an auto accident) until you reach a settlement with the negligent party or the case is resolved in your favor at trial. Until you have agreed to settlement terms or granted an official judgment, the other party is not obliged to compensate you. 

Myth 4: You Are Guaranteed Compensation
Even though you are injured due to another’s negligence. , that doesn’t automatically mean your case will be resolved in your favor. Every personal injury case is different, and compensation awarded is based on your cases’ unique characteristics. In some cases, the other party may claim you are at-fault (or at least in part) for the accident and incurred injuries. If you are found partly at-fault under the “comparative negligence rule,” your compensation will be reduced based on your percentage of fault in the accident. 

With more than seven decades of combined practice, the attorneys at Hudgins Law Firm have learned that nothing is more important than the quality of each client relationship we build. You deserve an advocate who’s willing to fight by your side, someone who understands your hardship and who will keep fighting for the compensation you’re entitled to. To schedule your free consultation, call 800-950-5534 or fill out our online contact form