With so many personal injury cases that happen every year, it is easy to see why personal injury claims are so common. After an accident caused by the negligent actions of another person, the accident victims can often claim compensation that can help offset the financial burden of their injuries.
With so many cases, though, there are some common errors that often keep people from claiming the full settlement they deserve after an accident. If you have been hurt and are thinking about filing a legal claim, here are the most common mistakes to avoid according to our friends at Norris Law.
Failing to See a Doctor Right Away
Many people with fairly minor accidents failed to see a doctor right away. Most times, they don’t feel injured immediately afterward and feel that seeing the doctor is not necessary. This, however, is a huge mistake. Even if you’re not experiencing any symptoms right after the accident, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. This will allow you to start any treatment right away and can ensure that you are not seriously injured. If you do not seek medical attention, the insurance company may use that as a reason to deny you the compensation you deserve.
Failing to Follow the Treatment Plan
It is important that you follow through with any treatment plan that your doctor provides you. If you do not follow through, the insurance company will argue that you did not attempt to mitigate your injuries. This could lead to you not receiving the full settlement that you are after.
Giving a Recorded Statement
When dealing with the other person’s insurance company, they will probably ask you for a recorded statement before you hire a lawyer. Remember that the insurance company is not there to be your friend, as their job is to avoid giving you the full payment in order to keep their bottom line. You are under no legal obligation to provide this statement and you should refuse to do so. The insurer will use anything you say against you in the future to reduce your claim or even try to deny it altogether.
Accepting The First Offer
Insurance companies are quick to offer lowball settlements to accident victims hoping they will accept it thinking it is enough. The first several offers the insurance company makes will probably be unfair and will not be enough to cover the cost of your injuries and other damages. Negotiations can take weeks or even months before you’re offered a fair amount for the damages that occurred. This is why working with a qualified lawyer is often a good step when negotiating settlements.
Going through a personal injury is hard. This is why we suggest working with a personal injury lawyer to ensure you get fair treatment.