Common Mistakes Made by Victims of Personal Injuries. Avoid Them to Protect Your Claim!
Whenever you are subjected to an accident or sufferan injury, it is necessary to make the correct and careful decisions for the justice system to work in your favor. Otherwise, you can end up in debt while being held legally liable for the entire incident.
To avoid this to happen, you must never make the following mistakes:
Not Calling the Police to Investigate the Accident
Remember that the police’s presence is not only legally necessary on the accident scene, but it could be useful to identify evidence, possible witnesses, and the cause of the incident.
Not Gathering Evidence or Witnesses’ Contact Information
When accidents occur, it is important to take pictures and gather as much evidence as you can. Also, it is important that you get the witnesses’ contact information if there is any, as well as all the people involved in the accident. If you forgot to do it, you are paving the way for the insurance company to present a version of the incident in which you were, if not completely, partially at the fault of what happened.
Not Seeking Immediate Medical Assistance
Even when you feel perfectly fine after the incident, you must consult a doctor or wait for the paramedics to evaluate your possible injuries. Remember that adrenaline could make people feel no pain at the moment and after a few hours, symptoms will eventually arise.
Hide Previous Medical History
It is important that upon seeing a doctor, honesty should be observed. You must mention every previous condition or injury. If you don’t, it could affect your diagnosis and prognosis and the insurance company could take it as an intention to take advantage of them. Hence, the insurance company will reduce the amount of your compensation or worse, refuse to pay it.
Skipping Your Medical Appointments
Even if you feel better or you feel that the treatment is not working, it is still important to not skip any medical appointment. If you do that, you are putting your recovery at risk, together with your claim. The insurance company would consider that your injury is not as severe as you claim and reduce the amount of your compensation.
Discuss Your Case With the Other Party’s Insurance Company
Talking to the insurance company of the other party involved in the accident will only negatively affect your case. Remember that the adjuster would pretend to be on your side to get what is best for his/her client and of course the finances of the company. They are never in your favor.
Wait until a doctor evaluates your injuries and gives you a thorough diagnosis before talking to a specialized personal injury attorney. Let your attorney be the one to deal with the insurance companies.
Not File Your Claim Sooner
In California, the statute of limitations for any personal injury case is only two years after the date of the incident. However, when there is a public or government institution involved, this period is reduced to 6 months. You have to file your claim before the statute of limitations expires or else you can never proceed with your claim.
Not Hiring an Expert Personal Injury Lawyer
You wouldn’t want to face a legal process without the help of an expert on the matter. With an experienced and aggressive personal injury lawyer on your side, chances of obtaining a higher compensation are at best.
Moreover, you will get better medical attention and these experts will declare on your behalf, strengthening your case.
Settle too Soon
We understand that you need to get the compensation sooner after being involved in an accident. People tend to be desperate during trying times. That’s human nature. However, you should wait until we do a thorough investigation and negotiate with the insurance company a fair sum.
If you accept whatever the insurance company offers you at first, you will most likely end up with a shitty offer and a couple of cents for each dollar you deserve. Furthermore, the medical attention that you will receive will not be equivalent to your best interest.
Trust us; we understand that it is important for you to get compensation. Remember that we work with a contingency fee which means that we do not get a cent until you do. We will never accept less compensation than you deserve.
Remember that Farahi Law Firm is always here for you. We have specialized personal injury lawyers whose records speak for themselves. We have thousands of happy clients and millions of dollars recovered! That is why we are in the Top 100 of the Nation. Call us at (844)-244-2955 for a free evaluation of your case.