When it comes to a personal injury case, there is a long list of things that you can do incorrectly. You need to take care of yourself, pay attention to your surroundings and make sure that everything in your testament adds up and is coherent, whether you're the defendant or plaintiff in a personal injury case. Here are 4 mistakes that you need to avoid throughout the course of your personal injury case, and even a few things that you should be aware of during the instance of the injury itself.
Giving a Verbal Or Written Statement To The Insurance Company
Quickly after an accident, the insurance company will contact you for a statement. This may be a car insurance company if you were injured in a car accident, or a property insurance company if your personal injury occurred on someone else's property.
One of the worst things that you can do is comply and give a recorded statement. You will probably still be shook up from the accident, you might not have all the details of the accident clear in your mind and whatever you say to the insurance company can be used to discredit you. The insurance may use information you provide to minimize or deny your claim. Wait until you have a clear picture and statement of what happened, and wait to consult with your attorneys before you give any statement to an insurance company.
Not Documenting Everything
It is important that, at the very least, you make a mental note of everything that occurs during the scene of the injury. You will be required to give a deposition, and it is important that you get the facts correct. In addition to this, you should have additional documentation of the events occurring right after the event of the injury.
Keep a note of anything, no matter how insubstantial it may seem. Keep a note of all of the pain you have experienced since the injury. Keep all medical documentation from any and all doctor or hospital visits. Finally, make a note of every conversation you had with an insurance representative, no matter how inconsequential it may seem.
Not Seeing Or Cooperating With Your Doctor
It is important that you meet your scheduled visits with your doctor and be compliant with his or her demands. It is actually recommended that you see a doctor immediately after the injury occurs, especially if it is an automobile injury, even if you don't have any visible injuries.
Many insurance adjustment agents will claim that no harm occurred during the incident, and thus they are not responsible for a payout, if you did not go straight to the hospital after your injury. They try to avoid the fact that injuries often do not manifest themselves until a day or a few days after the injury in question took place.
Not Hiring An Attorney
It is highly recommended that you hire a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Many people are confused by the process of hiring an attorney, but it is a relatively simple process. First and foremost, you should hire an attorney who specializes in personal injury claims, and you can also look into specialties within that area. Before you commit to an attorney, you will want to ask your potential attorney what their victory record is. If your attorney is reluctant to part with such information, then you should take your business elsewhere, as it is likely that the attorney is not quite up to snuff. Finally, do not listen to insurance representatives when they say that you will wind up with less money in your claim if you decide to hire the services of an attorney.
There are many things you should avoid doing during the course of your personal injury claim.By working with an experienced personal injury lawyer, and remembering the advice in this article, you can avoid the biggest mistakes you might make.