There are myths and false beliefs which have been weaved around personal injury law and those who work in the field, and while this also happens to people in other professions, we are only here to clear up the ones regarding personal injury law. Below, we have a short list of myths which we have thoroughly dispelled to ease your mind.
#1: All Clients Are Being Taken Advantage of
There is quite the loud group of people who strongly believe that personal injury lawyers in Medicine Hat make use of their client’s distressing situation for their own benefit. They believe the lawyer will exaggerate the likelihood of success and the dimensions of the settlement, all in the name of maintaining their position as the client’s lawyer. While this does happen, it doesn’t happen often. And here is why:
The vast majority of personal injury lawyers work on what is called a contingency basis. This means they only receive payment for cases that reached a settlement for their client. Because of this, the personal injury lawyer will want to only take on a case if they can see it having a successful outcome.
Ultimately, this means that if the lawyer were to try that scam, they would only be shooting themselves in the foot. A string of unsuccessful cases would do nothing but ruin their reputation, and thus their chances of getting new clients. All lawyers rely on their past clients’ referrals and recommendations to continue their work in the field and make a name for themselves.
#2: Frivolous Lawsuits Are A Common Occurrence
The reality is that they are anything but. Frivolous lawsuits have next to no chances of success which makes them highly frowned upon by lawyers. This is true especially, since the majority works on the previously mentioned contingency basis. Next to no one who relies on successful cases for payment will willingly risk their reputation for a frivolous lawsuit.
This begs the question of why this false belief is still so common and far spread among people. As with most myths, this one stems from stories that have been passed around and tweaked and exaggerated with each retelling until they had next to nothing to do with the original happenings. Frequently talked about frivolous lawsuits may make for a good story but when looked at the original case, the reality is often quite disappointing.
That is why it is important to consult with an experienced lawyer that has represented similar cases before. They would first evaluate your claim and then will take it on if they find any merit in it.