Fact vs. Fiction – when it comes to the law, there are so many complicated terms and documents involved in every aspect of the legal process that are packed full of language and phrasing difficult for the average person to navigate and fully comprehend. This oftentimes causes confusion between what is fact and what is fiction – both for a person determining whether they should seek a lawyer to begin with, as well as for those who are already in the midst of a legal case. 

Truth and justice are the foundation of the Richard Harris Law Firm, and instilling knowledge in our community and our clients is powerful and has proven to lead to the highest probability of success. With that, there are a handful of common misconceptions that we are here to deflate. Knowledge is Power! 

Seven Common Legal Myths – Deflated.

MYTH: Hiring a personal injury attorney is so expensive. There is no way I can afford representation. I will have to represent myself.


Navigating the legal system without an attorney is a huge gamble, one that is not recommended and completely unnecessary. The attorneys on Richard Harris’s team work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you don’t pay anything until we negotiate a settlement or win a verdict for you at trial. You don’t pay any fees until we win your case. If you have been in an accident of any kind, schedule a free case consultation, and we will assist you in determining the correct course of action.

MYTH: An attorney won’t be able to help me because my injury isn’t severe enough.

TRUTH: Many injuries may not seem severe in the immediate aftermath of an accident, however, the full severity may not present itself for some time after the occurence. If your body is in pain and you are incurring medical bills, that is an excellent indication that you likely have a personal injury case. We are here to help you with the next steps, and a case consultation is free.

MYTH: I don’t need to get a lawyer. The insurance company will handle everything.

TRUTH: An insurance company’s priority is to handle your claim for as little payout as possible. They are not in business to ensure that all of your financial, medical, emotional, and physical needs are met. Richard Harris personal injury lawyers are your advocate and champion when it comes to doing everything in their power to get you the compensation you deserve and need in order to get your life back on track.

MYTH: If I hire an attorney to file a personal injury lawsuit, I will have to go to court. 

TRUTH: In most cases, personal injury lawsuits settle out of court. Most defendants never see the inside of a courtroom. Your attorney will rely on you for as many of the details as possible from the incident, and they will handle the heavy lifting from their offices. 

MYTH: All attorneys are the same.

TRUTH: Each individual attorney has a certain skill set and level of expertise in specific practice areas. Depending on the type of case you bring to the attorney, they may or may not be a good fit for you. Keep in mind that there is no way to know how much your case may be worth before all the details are clear, so be aware of attorneys promising a certain payout for your case.

MYTH: It takes a very long time for a personal injury case to be resolved.

TRUTH: The amount of time a personal injury case takes is dependent upon many factors. The truth is that most cases settle out of court within a matter of months. It is always worthwhile to pursue justice and compensation for another’s negligence that has resulted in injury which costs victims time, money, and many times mental distress. It is our mission at Richard Harris Law Firm to get you that compensation as quickly and efficiently as possible in order for you to return to your life.

MYTH: Personal injury cases are usually people just trying to work the system.

TRUTH: Personal injury law has been designed to bring justice for victims who have been injured by another’s negligence and, in some cases, have had their entire lives altered forever. The Richard Harris Law Firm has a history of excellence and integrity and takes pride in serving the injured and their families.

Our personal injury lawyers are dedicated to being available to you when you need us. We provide one-on-one attention and excellent service to each of our valued clients, and we will promptly respond to all phone calls or emails. Our attorneys understand what a traumatic toll a personal injury can take on you and your family, and we are intent on obtaining maximum compensation for you.

When you’re hurt in an accident, even a minor injury can affect your physical health, emotional well-being, and financial security. Small injuries like a broken bone may not seem like a big deal at the time, but could have a profound and lasting impact on your health and ability to work going forward. For this reason, it’s recommended that you speak with a personal injury attorney after sustaining any injury. He or she can offer legal advice, project future complications and expenses, and assess damages.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an accident, contact Richard Harris Law Firm to discuss your personal injury case for free. Call or text (702) 444-4444 or fill out the online evaluation form to schedule your free case consultation.


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