When you have been hurt due to the negligence of others, you may decide to seek compensation for your injuries. For most people, this involves filing personal injury claims. Unfortunately, many people get so consumed with the thought of receiving compensation for their injuries that they make mistakes which often doom their claims to be denied. To make sure you don’t make those same mistakes, here are two common mistakes made by individuals, and how you can make sure your claim does not get derailed along the way.
Failing to Get Medical Attention
Whether you have been injured in a car accident, on the job, or while walking through a store and slipping on a wet floor, make sure you seek medical attention as soon as possible after the accident. If you don’t, insurance companies as well as lawyers for those who are being sued will use this to claim you were not seriously hurt in the accident, and that you are lying about your injuries in hopes of getting a sizable settlement. However, by seeing a doctor following your accident, you will do the following:
–Have your injuries verified by a trained medical professional
–Have documentation of your injuries, which can be used as evidence by your attorney
Therefore, since some injuries may not begin to appear for several days after your accident, always get evaluated by a doctor following your accident.
Not Contacting an Attorney
Along with not seeing a doctor after their accident, many people also delay contacting a personal injury attorney to discuss their case. When this happens, a number of bad things can happen which will affect your case, such as:
–Statute of limitations may expire
–Harder to obtain key evidence
–Witness memories of accident may fade
Along with these possibilities, insurance companies will have high amounts of skepticism if you wait a long time after your accident to file a claim, and will attempt to discredit you in every way possible.
Rather than make mistakes that can result in personal injury claims being denied or dismissed, always contact a personal injury attorney immediately after your accident to discuss your options. Since most personal injury attorneys offer free consultations, it’s in your best interests to know your legal rights and how they apply to your situation. Instead of letting the insurance company win, do what’s necessary to gain the full and fair compensation you deserve.