It’s your American right to take legal action if you’ve been injured
In today’s world, we’re surrounded by billboards advertising lawyers with catchy phrases and commercials with easy-to-remember jingles encouraging us to seek legal action. Still, many folks are reluctant to contact a lawyer when they’ve been injured—even when it’s by no fault of their own.
“I’m not sue-happy,” they say.
“I don’t want a handout,” they say.
“It was an accident,” they say.
But when you’re injured, you face lost wages from the weeks or months you’re out of work recovering. You may also face permanent disfigurement or difficulty getting around. You may not even be able to return to work. When life has been thrown out of whack as the result of a personal injury, sometimes there’s simply nothing left to do but seek legal action. Here are three reasons you should contact an attorney to begin the process of rebuilding your life:
1) It’s your right.
In the United States, we enjoy various rights that those living in other countries simply don’t have. According to Ed Rowan, a personal injury attorney at Mobile-based Taylor Martino, P.C., the fact that it’s your American right to justice matters. “America was founded on the principle of being treated fairly. Our founding fathers believed it was absolutely necessary to have a judicial branch to keep things in check—and that’s still the case today. There’s nothing wrong with being treated fairly, with getting what’s owed to you,” he says. Though our right to justice is often an afterthought, we must not take for granted the fact that when we’ve been wronged or hurt, we have a civil right to take legal action to remedy the situation. “It’s your job, your life, your household being affected when you’ve been hurt, but we’re fortunate enough to be in a country where we have rights and options. You can see a lawyer,” stresses Rowan.
2) There’s no shame in seeking legal action.
According to Rowan, one of the most common reasons for hesitation in pursuing a case is a sense of guilt. He says that often times, even though a potential client has been hurt, he or she will fixate on the fact that the injury was an accident and so they feel guilty about pursuing punishment against them. “Filing a claim when you’ve been hurt is not about revenge or punishment,” says Rowan. “It’s important to remember that when you file a personal injury lawsuit, you’re not actually going after an individual—rather, it’s the insurance company you’re seeking compensation from. And insurance companies have millions of dollars of coverage.” Rowan says he strives to put his clients at ease, all the while eliminating any negative connotations or guilt they may feel. “I ask my clients, ‘Are you hurt? Were you at fault? Ok, so why is it not fair that you be compensated for that? It’s not a handout; it’s what is owed to you,” he says.
3) A settlement isn’t something for nothing.
One of the most common misconceptions about filing a personal injury lawsuit tends to be that the money being sought is a windfall. But nobody wants to be hurt just to get a payout. Furthermore, Rowan says it’s critical to remember that you have signed a contract with your insurance to receive specific services. When those specific services are not rendered—when the insurance doesn’t “kick in” like it’s supposed to—you owe it to yourself to get what you paid for. “The money you’re seeking isn’t just falling from the sky,” says Rowan. “You’ve signed a contract with your insurance. The insurance is taking money for a premium from you—it’s being paid for already, which means those services should be served. That’s where I come in—to make certain that happens.”
When you’re injured, your life gets turned upside down. You are subjected to emotional stress, physical pain, constant discomfort, financial hardship, and even perhaps a drastic change in appearance—all of which dramatically impact your day-to-day life. If you’ve been hurt by no fault of your own, it is your right to yourself and to the loved ones who rely on you to explore your legal options. Even if you decide not to pursue a suit, you can receive complimentary legal advice (and peace of mind) from the experienced, compassionate attorneys at Taylor Martino courtesy of their free consultation by clicking here or calling 1-800-256-7728. For more information about your American right to seek an attorney, visit taylormartino.com.