Myths Regarding a Fairfax Personal Injury Attorney
Myth #4 - all lawyers are the same. I'm a well seasoned Fairfax personal injury attorney and I'll be the first to tell you that you should never blindly trust a lawyer. While yes, there are plenty of us who are trustworthy, experienced, and want the best for our clients, there are also a dozen more lawyers out there who are less than honest. The reason that the "ambulance chaser" stereotype exists is because they are out there, and you need to avoid them.
Remember that not all Fairfax personal injury attorneys charge the same fees, or work off of the same type of payment schedule. While some may bill hourly, most use the contingency fee system where they don't get paid unless they settle your claim.
Myth #5 - a Fairfax personal injury attorney can pre-determine the value of your Virginia personal injury claim. While yes, they can estimate it to the best of their ability, there is no "formula" to determine an accurate settlement amount. Any lawyer who guarantees you a settlement amount should be dismissed - they have no way to claim any sort of settlement, let alone a specific amount.
Myth #6 - all Fairfax personal injury attorneys handle cases the same way. I'm probably one of the oddest ducks in the practice because I don't take every Virginia personal injury claim that comes across my desk. I also educate my clients on their options to attempt to settle WITHOUT my help, and I turn away cases that just aren't worth the time to negotiate.
However, I also go to trial; I'm not afraid of it. There are thousands of lawyers out there who advertise they win cases but won't set foot in a courtroom. I've even heard attorneys who admit that they have never taken a case to trial because they're afraid of it, and if a case does get to that stage, they pass it off to another law firm!
It's important to review and consult with a few Fairfax personal injury attorneys when deciding on representation for your Virginia personal injury attorneys. Don't pick a lawyer on blind faith, or just because someone recommended them. Take the time to make a conscious decision about your legal representation.
Myth #7 - you have to see the doctor(s) your attorney recommends to get the best outcome. It's never a good idea to go to the doctors your lawyer refers you to. You should stick to the physicians you are comfortable with, as they have the best knowledge of your condition prior to your accident and can best assess the damage done by your injuries.
Contacting a Fairfax Personal Injury Attorney
You don't have to deal with insurance companies and paperwork alone when you're looking to file a Virginia personal injury claim. Fairfax personal injury attorney Ben Glass fights to help victims in the Virginia and D.C. areas settle their personal injury claims.