More than any other legal field, injury law often gets a bad rap. Whether it’s the ambulance-chasing stereotypes, the in-your-face advertising, or the unrealistic guarantees put forward by less-than-ethical parties, many people simply don’t trust injury attorneys to get them the justice and compensation they deserve.
With over 200 years’ combined experience advocating for accident victims across Canada, James H. Brown and Associates continues to set new precedents and remain one of the most trusted names in injury law. Having spoken with countless clients over the years, we’ve encountered several myths that cause accident victims to hesitate in attaining legal counsel for their case. Nonetheless, if you or a loved one is seriously injured, it is critical to seek the medical, psychological, and legal support your family needs.
To help set the record straight, here are some of the most common myths about injury lawyers we’ve encountered, along with the truth about how James H. Brown and Associates can support you every step of the way.
Myth #1: “My Injuries Are Minor; It’s Not Worth It to Hire an Injury Lawyer”
Far too often, we encounter individuals who believe their injuries are “minor” and not worth the hassle of pursuing legal action. While these people (and their medical teams) are sometimes correct, we’ve seen countless cases of seemingly minor injuries turning out to be much worse than initially diagnosed. Even worse, if a settlement has already been reached, they may be unable to pursue further claims to cover changes in employment, medical expenses, and other life-altering consequences.
When in doubt, it’s never a bad idea to get experts involved. James H. Brown and Associates offers free, no-obligation consultations to help you determine the best course of action for your specific situation. We also provide access to a network of medical and occupational professionals who can determine how your injury will affect your life in both the short and long-term. Using their expert assessments, our lawyers will work with you to gain appropriate compensation and ensure you and your family have the safety and security to move forward.
Myth #2: “All Personal Injury Lawyers are the Same”
Stereotypes can be a powerful thing; when most people think of an “injury lawyer,” they think of an aggressive, fast-talking shyster who’ll stop at nothing to make a buck, more often for themselves than the client they’re supposedly representing.
Make no mistake: When push comes to shove, James H. Brown and Associates is here to stand up for your rights and secure the compensation you and your family are entitled to. Unlike the stereotypes, our team is made up of experienced attorneys dedicated to providing accident victims with the support they need. We understand firsthand the devastating toll a life-altering injury can take, and have the resources and expertise to help you through every step of the process, from advancing a claim and navigating the courts to managing care and long-term treatment.
Myth #3: “Hiring an Injury Lawyer Costs Money Upfront”
This is just plain false; many injury law firms (including us!) advertise with a catchy “we don’t charge unless YOU win” tagline. The Law Society of Alberta oversees all types of law practiced in Alberta, including setting extremely strict rules about truthful and ethical advertising. We believe our professional colleagues uphold the same standards of integrity that we do. In short, when we (or anyone else) say “we don’t charge unless YOU win,” we mean it.
That said, we understand that serious injuries often come with serious financial stresses. As a large, well-established injury law firm, we are able to provide access to numerous resources and services that can help ease the overall burden on our clients. This starts with a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced injury lawyers, who can guide you through the options available through the next steps in attaining justice.
Myth #4: “Working With an Injury Lawyer Will Upset My Insurance Company and Impact My Rates”
To be clear: we can’t speak for insurance companies because we don’t work for them. While insurance companies’ primary focus is on making a profit, our focus has always been on our clients’ interests. When you choose to work with us, you can rest assured that we are fighting for your justice, not a company’s bottom line.
That said, it is difficult to predict how a claim will affect insurance rates without specific details. If you are not at fault, it’s possible that your rates will not be affected, regardless of the outcome. A free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced injury lawyer will allow us to consider your unique case and help prepare for the road to recovery.
Myth #5: “I Have Unlimited Time to Pursue a Claim”
This is perhaps the most dangerous myth of all. Depending on the type of injury you’ve sustained, you may have a limited window in which you can pursue a claim and attain compensation. As noted above, accepting a claim too soon can prevent you from making further claims in the event your situation worsens.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, you need to consider both short and long-term health and security. The best way to ensure you and your family receive what you deserve is by speaking with an experienced injury lawyer right away.
Are You Looking For an Injury Lawyer?
No matter your situation, James H. Brown and Associates are here to help every step of the way with experienced injury lawyers ready to stand up for your rights.
Contact us today to book a free, no-obligation consultation and learn more about how we can help.