October 1, 2022

Three Reasons You Shouldn’t Worry About the Stigma of Suing

There’s a misguided perception among the public that people who sue for injuries are only after the money. This has created a lot of stigma around filing lawsuits, associating it with greed and selfishness, especially in medical malpractice and workers’ compensation claims. 

This is dangerous because it’s based on false beliefs, and it can force victims to ask for less compensation or not sue altogether. The result is financial hardships for the injured and their loved ones, as the negligent party escapes accountability. 

If you’re hesitating to seek compensation for injuries because of the stigma of suing, speaking with a personal injury lawyer will help you understand all the rights you have to sue. An attorney can also file the claim and do all the heavy lifting on your behalf. Don’t let that stigma come between you and getting justice. 

Your Civil Right to Compensation

The law allows anyone injured by another person’s wrongful act to sue and recover money from the responsible party. You have a right to get the funds you’re due, rather than suffering silently and paying out of pocket for your injuries.

If an insurance company or the defendant is trying to intimidate you after sending a demand letter, remember you’re doing the right thing according to the law and for your wellbeing. 

You Need Money to Cover the Damages

Personal injury accidents tend to leave a lot of damage, both monetary and non-monetary. You may be dealing with unforeseen medical expenses, medication costs, property repair expenses, lost wages because you cannot work, and physical pain. That’s not to mention the psychological anguish you and your loved ones may experience. 

When you fail to sue, you’ll be forced to pay for all these damages out of your pocket. Remember, it’s the insurance company that pays the settlement, not the defendant. That means you won’t be leaving another driver with the bill for your injuries.  

You’ll Be Protecting Other People from Getting Injured

When you hold a negligent person accountable, you may also be preventing other people from getting injured in the future. 

For instance, a physician who caused you harm because they didn’t follow standard care practices may be relieved from their position, protecting other patients who would’ve undergone their care. 

Sometimes the judge overseeing your case might award the plaintiff punitive damages to deter other members of society from acting with similar negligence as the defendant. These damages don’t cover expenses but are instead meant to punish the wrongdoer and possibly deter future negligent behavior.

Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer on Suing

Many victims of personal injuries only realize how challenging it can be when they start navigating getting justice. Amidst defenses from the insurance company, there’s also the stigma associated with suing and claiming benefits. 

Don’t allow these roadblocks to prevent you from getting compensated and recovering from your injuries with much ease. Partner with a personal injury lawyer from Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP. Take advantage of our free consultations by calling 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) or filling out the online form below.

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