First, you should know that you’re not alone in thinking this way. More than 14 percent of total survey respondents – nearly 30 percent of those who had been in an accident that was someone else’s fault – said they were reluctant to sue because they aren’t “that type of person.”
Not because they didn’t have legitimate injuries and damages. Not because they didn’t need that money to keep their families afloat financially. But because of some inexplicable value-judgment about what pursuing compensation for actual, documented economic losses from a company whose sole purpose is to cover accidents financially means about a person’s character.
The Myth: Suing Someone Might Mean You’re a Bad Person
The insurance industry has done a good job selling this lie that we live in a sue-happy world, that pursuing one valid claim makes you litigious, but it doesn’t reflect reality. Don’t buy into it.
In fact, more than 77 percent of survey respondents said that they would only ever sue someone if they were “extremely injured.” Almost 70 percent cited not money or revenge but rather being “so injured that I felt I had no choice” as the only motivation they would have for pursuing a car accident lawsuit.
Who is the type of person who sues? In our experience, it’s someone who works hard and isn’t looking for a handout. Our client family is full of good, honest, “salt of the earth” people, the ones working to provide for their family, contribute to society, give back to their communities and just live their lives.
The other thing they have in common? They don’t give up.
When the accident knocked them down, they could have just stayed down, too afraid to fight back. They might have let the financial fallout from the collision leave their families with nothing. They might have wallowed in their self-pity.
Instead, they made the difficult but crucial choice to persevere. They took the first hard steps on the long road to recovery, inspiring the people around them. They refused to settle for this lesser imitation of the life they had before the accident or to let their precious families bear the burden of someone else’s poor decisions. They were wise enough to know when to ask for help.
Suing someone who has caused you real harm doesn’t make you a bad person. It doesn’t make you greedy or sue-happy or any of the other derogatory things an industry that benefits from fewer lawsuits wants you to believe.
It makes you a fighter. It makes you someone who puts their family’s well being first and who is determined to really live – not just get through – their life.
An Attorney Will Fight Beside You
After an accident, you just want to be treated fairly. You want to take care of yourself, and be assured of the care and consideration of others involved. Contact an experienced car accident attorney for a consultation about your case. The call is usually free, and most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis where you don’t pay anything unless your case is settled successfully.