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Common Misconceptions About Auto Accident Injury

The numerous myths and misconceptions about auto accidents and injuries often lead to confusion among accident victims. Some of the most common of these misconceptions include the following:

If I am in an auto accident, I am guaranteed a large settlement.

When it comes to filing an auto accident lawsuit in Texas, nobody can make any guarantees. If a negligent person leaves you injured, the law entitles you to certain compensation if you can prove that his or her negligence that caused your injuries. Your compensation can cover the following:

  • Damaged property
  • Lost wages
  • Permanent disability or disfigurement
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical bills
  • Estimated future medical expenses

Nothing says that the negligent party will settle, or that you will receive a large offer. You should treat with suspicion any Austin car accident lawyer who promises you that you will receive a settlement.

Only a serious crash results in an auto accident injury.

While this may be true in many cases, a low-impact collision can still cause a severe injury. The car may absorb most of the impact and limit passenger injuries, but the human body injures easily.

Low-impact collisions frequently result in injuries. One of the most common of these types of injuries is whiplash, which is damage to the soft tissue and muscles in the neck and back. Diagnosis usually requires extensive testing, and treatment involves rehabilitation.

I should not seek treatment if I cannot afford a doctor.

Even if you have good health insurance, doctor’s visits and medical treatment can quickly become far more expensive than you expected or are capable of paying for. However, it is very important you see a doctor—and continue on the prescribed course of treatment—after you have been in an Austin automobile accident. Doing so helps you recover from your injury and gives you records you can use should you decide to sue the party responsible for your collision.

Insurance companies and opposing counsel use delays in treatment to argue that injuries listed in lawsuits are not truly the result of an accident. This tactic can be highly effective, and it may damage your ability to receive a settlement or lower the overall value of your auto accident lawsuit in Austin. Seeking prompt medical attention from the start can avert this problem.

Speak to an Auto Accident Lawyer in Austin

The Law Offices of Steven A. Gibbins has more than 25 years of experience handling personal injury cases. We take the time to work with you and to thoroughly explain the legal process. For your convenience, we offer free consultations that allow us the opportunity to discuss your case in detail.

To get help from experienced auto accident lawyers in Austin, Houston or elsewhere in Texas, call our office at (512) 428-8644 or contact us via email.

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