Personal injury is a serious problem—one that is even bigger than people may realize. In fact, according to the National Safety Council (NSC), accidental injury has recently become the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Furthermore, statistics show that someone is accidentally injured every second in the United States, and that another is killed every three minutes in a preventable accident.
It is clear to see that personal injury has become something of an epidemic. However, there is still good news. If you are a victim of personal injury, you may be legally entitled to seek compensation for your losses. Still, dealing with personal injury claims can be tricky—especially if you do not have a full and comprehensive understanding of the law. As a matter of fact, it is not uncommon for some personal injury victims to inadvertently ruin their own claims. In this blog post, we will go over some of the most common mistakes people make when dealing with a personal injury case—and how to avoid them.
After you have been involved in any sort of accident, the first thing you should do is go to the doctor. This is true even if you do not feel like you have suffered any major injuries. For one thing, it is possible for post-accident adrenaline to keep you from feeling any pain until some time has passed. Furthermore, some injuries simply take a while to make themselves known. Do not assume the best. Go see a doctor to confirm that you are okay.
Failure to seek out immediate medical attention can also be taken as an indication that you did not suffer any significant injuries. This can easily be used against you in court. The opposing party may argue that you are exaggerating or even faking your injuries entirely. Do not let this happen to you.
When it comes to personal injury, time is of the essence. Along with going to the doctor, you will want to start documenting evidence of your accident and injuries right away. You may even want to procure witness testimonies, if possible. The more details you have, the better. After all, the jury can only go off of the evidence presented to them.
You will also want to contact your insurance company—but you should not let them rush you into anything either. Whether or not you were liable for your accident, an insurance company will never have any incentive to maximize your settlement amount.
You should be cautious when speaking to any insurance provider. Especially in the heat of the moment, it can be easy to say things that can be misconstrued as admissions of guilt. Stick only to the facts when you are recounting your accident. Do not express regret or apologize for what happened. Give them only the basics.
Many people do not realize that they do not have to accept the first settlement the insurance company offers them. In fact, you do not have to accept an insurance company’s settlement offer at all. You may even want to contact a trusted personal injury attorney before speaking to the insurance company at all. Doing so may help ensure that you have an airtight testimony.
Furthermore, you should never sign any forms sent to you by an insurance company without first consulting your lawyer. This is true regardless of how innocuous the documents may seem. Without understanding all the relevant jargon, it can be easy to sign away some of your legal rights. Hold off on signing things like medical authorizations or financial release forms until you get the okay from your attorney.
In this day and age, almost everyone and their grandmother is on at least one social networking site. This can certainly be a force for good—after all, it is much easier to keep in contact with friends when they are only a text away—but it can also be incredibly detrimental when you are involved in a legal case.
You should never talk about your personal injury case on social media, no matter how strict you think your privacy settings may be. It is very likely that the insurance claims adjuster will go looking for your social media presence to see if there is anything that can be used against you. In fact, they may even pull from posts that have nothing to do with your accident at all.
For instance, posts about feeling happy may be used to argue that your accident did not cause you the emotional suffering you claim it did. Or a “throwback” picture you post may be misconstrued as you currently being on a vacation. Of course, all this is ridiculous—but these arguments will be made regardless. It is best not to take the chance and stay off social media until your case is resolved instead.
We know that dealing with personal injury is hard. You become immediately overwhelmed with things to do after your accident. It does not have to be long before you feel like you are swamped with more than you can handle. Fortunately, you do not have to go through it alone. A trusted nationwide personal injury attorney may be able to help.
At Injury Victim Law, we know that you want to have the quickest and smoothest possible transition back into your everyday life. That is why we are dedicated to bringing you the most efficient results for your personal injury case. Though we are a Colorado-based firm, our team of experts and investigators is ready and available to assist personal injury victims all across the nation.
You should never have to pay for somebody else’s mistakes. That is why there is nothing more important to us than helping our clients. We are here to protect your legal rights and fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our qualified attorneys. Let us take care of the rest.