The many misconceptions and myths surrounding personal injury claims can often keep people from seeking the compensation they deserve.
Car accidents can result in thousands of dollars in medical bills, property damages, lost wages, and more. If you have been involved in an auto accident, you might be unsure whether a lawsuit is the right course of action. Keep reading to get the facts about personal injury claims so that you can pursue a claim with confidence.
I Don’t Need to Hire a Lawyer If I Have Insurance
Although insurance companies work to help you receive compensation after an accident, they cannot always guarantee the full amount you are entitled to. Personal injury lawyers understand the full particulars of the insurance industry, so they will fight to deliver you proper compensation for medical treatment, property damages, pain and suffering, lost wages, or any other damages.
I Can File a Personal Injury Claim Any Time
Some car accident victims want to wait until their injuries are healed before filing a claim. The problem with waiting is that each state has its own statute of limitations that sets a time limit on how long you have to seek compensation after your accident. In Utah, a person has four years to file a bodily injury claim and three years to file a property damage claim, according to the Utah Insurance Department.
Minor Injuries Do Not Warrant a Personal Injury Claim
Some victims feel like they cannot file a claim because their injuries are only minor; however, this idea is false. Any degree of injury is enough to warrant a personal injury claim. If you were the victim of another person’s negligence, you are entitled to having your medical expenses covered. Instead of downplaying or discounting your wounds and grievances, do not be afraid to seek the justice you deserve.
The At-Fault Party Will Have to Pay Out-of-Pocket for Your Expenses
You might assume that the responsible driver will have to cover all of your expenses out-of-pocket if you reach a settlement, but this is not true. This can make some accident victims hesitant to file because they do not want to make the responsible person’s life miserable. Instead of the at-fault party, their insurance company will be paying for your settlement.
Get Help After an Auto Accident with Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton
If you or a loved one was injured on the road, the attorneys at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton are here to assist you as you file a personal injury claim. The prospects of dealing with the aftermath of an accident can be overwhelming, but we are here to help. Our team has spent over 25 years assisting Utah citizens after motor vehicle crashes and we are eager to help ease your worries after your motor vehicle accident.
We have offices in Provo, Orem, Saratoga Springs, and West Jordan, Utah, and happily serve citizens all over the Utah and Salt Lake Valleys. Get in touch with us today to get started.