If you are here reading this right now, you probably suffered a serious injury because of someone else’s carelessness or negligence. We know that this can be a very confusing time for a lot of people and you don’t want to get things wrong. We can help you understand some of the worst things that you could do during this time and guide you through your case every step of the way to ensure that you receive full and fair compensation. Here are seven mistakes you need to avoid if you want a successful case:
Mistake One: Forgetting About Evidence
The very first thing that happens after your accident is evidence collection. Whether you slip and fall at a grocery store or you were in a car accident, there is going to be evidence. You need to be able to collect the evidence yourself or have someone else help on your behalf. If you don’t collect evidence, it becomes very difficult for an attorney to put together a h2 case for you. It’s not impossible, but evidence can disappear over time and this evidence can be what demonstrates that the liable party was responsible for your damages and injuries. Do not forget to collect evidence in the form of videos or photographs. You will also want to collect contact information from possible witnesses.
Mistake Two: Not Reporting Your Accident
Something that also needs to happen right away is reporting your accident. When you do not report an accident, it can be nearly impossible for us to prove that you were hurt. For example, if you were on a bus and endured an injury when there was a collision, but you didn’t report your accident, it’s may be difficult to prove that your injuries came from this accident. If you tripped and fell at a boutique and broke your arm but you didn’t tell the store manager what happened, it could be difficult for us to show that you suffered your injuries there. Make sure that you tell someone about your accident before you leave the scene.
Mistake Three: Waiting to See a Doctor
We understand that immediately after your accident you might be feeling okay. Odds are you are not feeling pain in that moment because of the adrenaline. Adrenaline can cover a lot of pain and make you think that you’re alright. You should never wait and see how you feel in the morning. You will need to seek medical attention right away. Whether you go to the emergency room, an urgent care facility or get an urgent appointment with your primary care doctor, you need to make sure this happens as soon as possible. Not only do you need to get your treatment started right away, you also do not want the insurance company to find out later that you didn’t seek treatment as soon as you could. In that scenario, they might claim that you lied about how badly you were hurt or that you lied about how and where you sustained your injuries at all. That can be damaging to your case.
Mistake Four: Ignoring Doctor’s Advice
Doctors give you advice for a reason. If you do not follow it, not only are you going to put your health in danger, but you’re also going to end up raising the suspicions of the insurance company. Insurance companies are known for tactics that get them out of paying compensation. One of those tactics can involve an investigator following you to see how you behave after your accident. If your doctor told you no heavy lifting and a private investigator takes a picture of you at a store carrying something heavier than you should be, even if it was just for a moment, it’s could be damaging to your case. You want to be sure to always listen to your doctors so that you can get heal quicker to resume a better quality of life.
Mistake Five: Talking to the Insurance Company
The insurance company is not your friend. They are not looking to give you the best possible result. They are looking to save themselves money, which means shorting you of what they should be giving you. When they reach out to you searching for a statement from you, it’s not in your best interest to give a recorded statement. They are trained to ask you questions that could potentially hurt your case and help them. You should never give a statement without first discussing your case with a lawyer. An attorney will handle all the communication for you so your rights are always protected.
Mistake Six: Waiting to Hire a Lawyer
You should not delay reaching out to our lawyers. You are being held to a statute of limitations. It can seem like you have all the time in the world to file a claim, but that period of time can fly by very quickly. A lot of things also need to happen before a case is filed so waiting for the last moment is not advised. You will need an experienced attorney that will guide you through the legal process and protect your rights from the very beginning. Don’t delay in reaching out to us. We want to hear from you as soon as possible.
Mistake Seven: Not Hiring a Lawyer at All
Some people do try to handle these cases alone without a lawyer. Unfortunately, those cases are typically far less successful. There are far too many complexities in personal injury cases for you to be able to handle the legal process alone. Our attorneys have the experience necessary to guide you through every step of the way and to ensure that you are protected and receive full and fair compensation. We want to help your life become easier, not harder. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we don’t get paid unless you win your case. You never have to worry about paying out-of-pocket if that’s something that’s holding you back from giving us a call.
When you have suffered serious injuries because of someone else’s negligence or carelessness, please do not hesitate to reach out and set up a free consultation. You deserve justice, and we know how to get it for you.