A car accident is a vulnerable time for the accident victim. Despite how much they may need fair compensation for their injuries, there is no guarantee they will receive the money they deserve. Making a single mistake can cost an accident victim the compensation they need to cover the thousands of dollars in expenses from an accident with serious injuries. During your personal injury claim, here are three common mistakes to avoid:
Not gathering the necessary information
There are many pieces of valuable information that an accident victim can find at the crash scene. Insurance information of the driver, the car’s identifying information, the contact information of the driver, witness testimony, and the resulting police report are all critical pieces of information that can greatly benefit your compensation claim.
Not seeing a doctor after your accident
Even if you feel fine after your accident, you may be suffering from any number of hidden injuries. Internal injuries are extremely hard to recognize without medical training and equipment and can become fatal if unnoticed for too long. Seeing a doctor can also provide you with a medical report that can also aid your compensation claim.
Talking to insurance companies on your own
Insurance companies present themselves as putting your needs first, but their initial settlement offer is most likely in their favor. Insurers often hope that you do not get an attorney so they can get away with paying you less than you deserve for your injuries. Let a lawyer fight for your compensation instead of settling for less in your claim.
Their negotiation and litigation skills can make a difference in the outcome of your compensation claim and help ensure that you are not the one who is responsible for paying the costs of someone else’s reckless or negligent actions.