Going through an accident of any kind is difficult—particularly if you have suffered a personal injury as a result. It is a sad fact of life that you can do everything right and still suffer. In cases of personal injury, that means that you have to pay for someone else’s negligent mistakes. Whether you were involved in a truck accident, motorcycle accident, medical malpractice accident, construction accident, or anything in between, it is traumatizing to have to deal with the aftermath. Pursuing a personal injury claim can be taxing on your mind, your body, your wallet, and your time—just to name a few. You want to ensure that it will all pay off in the end so you can collect all the compensation that you are rightfully owed. Unfortunately, it may be difficult to do so without having full and comprehensive knowledge of personal injury law. There are many common misconceptions and mistakes people make when pursuing a personal injury claim. This blog post may be able to help you better understand some of the most common ones. Read on to find out more.
We know that tensions run high immediately after an accident. It can be easy for things to slip your mind, for you to feel pressured to say things you do not mean, or make any number of other mistakes in the heat of the moment. One of the most common of these mistakes is making a verbal admission of guilt. In fact, you may not even be aware that you are making a verbal admission of guilt at all. In most everyday altercations, we all know that saying “sorry” does not necessarily mean that you are making a confession. You may just say “sorry” to be polite after bumping into someone in the office, for example. However, anything you say at the scene of the accident can and will be used against you in a court of law. It can be extraordinarily easy to say things that may later be misconstrued as a confession. In order to minimize any damage you may suffer from as a result of your accident, make sure to keep your statements nothing more than factual.
Furthermore, depending on the state that the accident takes place in and the severity of the accident, you may have a legal obligation to report the accident to the police. If you do not do so, you may be charged with a crime in addition to being rendered unable to seek out any compensation for your case. You will also want to inform your insurance company of your accident as soon as possible. After an accident, building up documentation is key. A combination of an insurance claim and an accident report may prove to be very beneficial during your case. In Colorado, you may be able to receive a copy of an accident report by completing form DR2489.
Oftentimes, the effects of certain accidents can lay dormant for some time before fully making their effects known. This is especially true in situations like car accidents which result in seemingly little to no property damage. In other words, you may be able to go some time without actually having any symptoms flare up until days, weeks, or even months after the accident has actually occurred. You may “feel fine” after being involved in what you believe was just a simple, minor fender bender. In reality, however, there is really no immediate way for you to know that you have not suffered any damage without the confirmation of a medical professional. By the time you begin to feel the symptoms of your injury, it may be too late for you to pursue a claim. To avoid running out on your statute of limitations, it is absolutely imperative for you to seek out medical attention as soon as possible following an accident. Failure to do so may prevent you from receiving the full compensation you are owed. It is possible that any involved insurance companies will pay you less for your injuries because there is no direct proof that your injuries happened as a result of the accident itself.
Once you find yourself face-to-face with a medical professional, it is important for you to be as forthcoming as possible about your symptoms. This means that you should try your best to not either overstate or understate your condition, as doing so may affect the treatment you are given. Understating your injuries may prevent your physician from giving you proper treatment, while overstating your injuries can easily be disproved through a series of relevant examinations and tests. In a similar vein, make sure to tell your physician if any preexisting injuries have been exacerbated by the accident. Be truthful and do not try to play off such injuries as new, as such claims can easily be disproved by a quick overview of your medical history. You should expect insurance companies to look through any previous medical records under your name, including those from emergency room visits.
If you have not made any mistakes yet, congratulations! There is just one more key point now for you to understand before leaving the doctor’s office: follow your physician’s orders to the T. Failing to do so can not only prolong your pain, but can also be seen as a willful attempt to worsen your injuries in the hope of securing a greater payout. Plus, there is a chance that your refusal to adhere to your physician’s recovery plan will do great damage to your body in the long run. Put yourself and your health first. Save yourself from any unnecessary suffering later.
At Injury Victim Law, we know that suffering personal injury is a stressful, traumatizing experience. We are here to minimize that stress and trauma as much as possible. Though we are based in Colorado, our team of experts and investigators is here to help victims all over the country. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our qualified nationwide personal injury attorneys. We will be happy to put all of your questions and concerns to rest and fight for your rights.