Avoiding Common Mistakes That Personal Injury Victims Make
There are many common mistakes that many personal injury victims make, which can actually default on their legal case, and, therefore, resulting into not receiving all the compensation that they ought to be entitled to.
Insurance companies are very adept in looking for measures to manipulate personal injury victims in giving out unofficial statements about the accident, which an insurance adjuster can record and use this recorded statement during the court process with the intention of lowering your claim of compensation; therefore, avoid this kind of mistake and always consult first with a lawyer before giving any kind of statements, written or recorded, to an insurance company representative.
Accepting the offer of seeing the insurance company doctor
If you are a personal injury victim, you have the freedom to choose any doctor to examine and treat your injuries following your accident, therefore, avoid agreeing to be examined by the insurance company doctor because the diagnosis will likely be more favorable for the insurance company, which the insurance company can use during the court hearing to lower your claim for compensation.
Because your doctor’s records of your injuries and treatments are vital during the court proceedings, not following your doctor’s instructions for getting better, like stopping medications without the doctor’s approval, can result into the lowering of your claim for compensation, which, in effect, will make the insurance company including the court suspicious of the true nature of your injuries; therefore, follow completely the doctor’s orders.
Early settlement without knowing all your injuries
Don’t make the mistake of claiming quickly for a settlement without knowing the full extent of your injuries, since most injuries take time to full develop, which might be detrimental to your claim as you are prevented from getting more money from the insurance company when you later discover that your injuries have gone worse.
Settlement without a lawyer’s advice
Avoid the mistake of settling your case with the insurance company without prior consultation with a lawyer because insurance company will initiate settling earlier in order to offer a lesser amount that the maximum compensation that you’re supposed to receive, but having consulted first with a personal injury lawyer, being well versed on your rights as an accident victim, he can give you an idea on whether you stand a chance of winning your case in court if you decide to sue, based on his evaluation on your case including that from your doctor’s findings, and he can also advise you on how much settlement should you claim, besides, wait too long to seek legal assistance may cause for the statute of limitations, which refers to a limited period where the victim is allowed to process his claim, to expire before you call for a personal injury lawyer.