Myth #6: Personal Injury Lawsuits Are Easy To File, So That Is Why There Are So Many Of Them

by Aaron Gartlan

March 25, 2015 | Lawsuits

One can certainly understand why this myth is so widespread. If you go online and start Googling around to find information about auto accidents, medical malpractice, commercial truck wrecks, motor cycle crashes workplace and industrial accidents and injuries, etc., you will be bombarded by “informational” articles with their “ ten (10) tips” and “fifteen (15) things never to do after an automobile accident” and so forth. The web is packed with personal injury attorneys marketing their services. It is overwhelming. And our political discourse is also somewhat obsessed with this issue of lawsuits. This is yet another creation of the Goliath Myth Machine.

The Actual Reality:

Lawsuits can be extravagant, complicated, and difficult to file. Think about it. If Goliath owes you a million dollars ($1,000,000.00) in damages, based on his track record and mentality, do you think he will A) happily pay you, or B) defend his money with the best lawyers he can find.

Therefore, most attorneys only take a tiny percentage of the cases brought to them. Even seemingly simple and “easy to win” cases often hide nuances that make them surprisingly difficult.

Goliath can muster tremendous legal “fire power.” To battle back, you often need to invest a lot of resources and mental energy to get results. There has also been a substantial increase over the years in filing fees, as we have struggled to pay for our shortfall in state funding for our court system in the state budget. Further, in order to prove the case against Goliath, personal injury and accident cases can take thousands of dollars to prosecute and years for a personal injury attorney to build to be ready for trial.


Aaron Gartlan is a graduate of Troy University and the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law who focuses his practice exclusively on representing those injured by the wrongdoing of others. He is member of the National Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In addition to his legal practice, Aaron teaches Business Law as an adjunct instructor at Troy University’s Sorrell College of Business and serves as a field artillery sergeant in the Alabama National Guard.

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