A lot of people oversimplify the personal injury claims process. Sure, all you have to do is prove liability and causation, meaning that you have to show that someone’s negligence caused your accident and that accident left you with damages, but the matter can end up being much more complicated than you ever expected.
In fact, far too many car accident victims end up making mistakes that put their claims in jeopardy. Here are some of the biggest missteps that you need to try to avoid:
- Failing to gather evidence right away: You’re going to need strong evidence to support your case, and much of it is almost immediately available in the aftermath of your wreck. If you’re able to do so, you should take pictures of the accident scene and your injuries, gather witness contact information, and make a police report.
- Failing to talk to witnesses in a timely fashion: Witness testimony may be key to your case. But witnesses’ memories can fade over time, making their accounts less compelling. The sooner you can get their take on events the better you’ll be able to present a clear picture of what happened.
- Not following medical recommendations: Remember, proving the full extent of your damages means demonstrating your financial losses and your medical need. If you mislead your doctor as to the extent of your injuries, or if you don’t follow your doctor’s recommendations pertaining to additional care, then you’ll be cutting yourself short and give the perception that your injuries aren’t as serious as you claim them to be.
- Using social media: Sure, social media can be a great way to find support, but it can also be dangerous to your personal injury claim if you’re not careful. This is because people oftentimes post statements and photos that give the impression that the injuries suffered aren’t so bad. These posts and photographs can be taken out of context and pose a significant barrier to you proving the damages that you’ve suffered.
- Being too cooperative with an insurance company: Personnel from insurance companies can come across as friendly and helpful, but the truth of the matter is that they’re trying to avoid paying out your claim as much as possible. That’s why they’re looking for anything that you say that can be used against you. They might try to get you to make recorded statements or agree to a settlement early on, but you should avoid giving into these pressures without first discussing them with your attorney.
- Thinking that an attorney is too expensive: A lot of car accident victims end up settling their cases with insurance companies absent the assistance of an attorney because they think that they can’t afford legal counsel. The truth, though, is that many personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that they don’t get paid until you recover from your claim. This makes obtaining legal representation easy and low risk for you.
Legal advocates are ready to fight for you
Attorneys like those at our firm know that you’re facing significant challenges right now. And the thought of getting tangled up in the legal process may not seem all that appealing. But legal teams like ours can help carry the burden of creating and presenting your legal claim. So, if you’re ready to fight for the outcome that you deserve so that you can find accountability and recover compensation, then now may be the best time for you to reach out to a legal team that seems best suited to represent your interests.