I always assumed that personal injury cases where pretty straight forward. After being in an accident, any financial losses that you suffered would be reimbursed by the liable party's insurance company. Unfortunately, things only work this way in a perfect world. In the real world, personal injury cases are extremely complex and getting the insurance company to pay a fair settlement requires the expertise of an experienced injury lawyer. Unfortunately, it took me several months to finally seek out the legal assistance I needed. As a result, I waited much longer than necessary to get the compensation I so desperately needed. During this time, I learned more about personal injury law than I ever thought I would. It is my hope that this blog will allow me to share that knowledge with you so that you can avoid making some of the same mistakes that I did.
After being injured in a car accident that was not your fault, you'll most likely have a lot of unpleasant things to cope with. In addition to recovering from your injuries and dealing with pain, you may also suffer financial stress due to not being at work, and you will also have to deal with getting your car repaired or replaced. In this type of situation, you're entitled to a fair financial settlement from the other driver's insurance company. Unfortunately, insurance companies are not in the business of handing out big checks if they can avoid doing so, which can make getting a fair settlement quite difficult. If you have been hurt in a car crash and want the settlement that you deserve, avoid these common mistakes:
Neglecting Your Medical Care
Proper medical care is essential to a good recovery from injuries sustained in a car accident, but it can also play a big role when it comes to your settlement. If you don't follow your doctor's orders and show up for every appointment, you won't have records showing the true extent of your injuries and how long they take to heal. Make sure that you visit your doctor regularly if you want to get better and also have good medical records to back up your claim.
Not Hiring An Auto Accident Attorney
One of the biggest mistakes you can make after being hurt in a car wreck is not hiring an experienced auto accident attorney to represent you. When you have an attorney, you can rest assured that you have someone working on your behalf to negotiate with the insurance company and present solid evidence that will help you get the best settlement possible. It is not uncommon for people to not hire an attorney because they don't think that they can afford the fees. In most cases, auto accident attorneys do not require any type of retainer, and you will not have any out of pocket costs. Instead, your attorney will be paid an agreed upon percentage of your settlement amount.
Speaking With The Insurance Company
When you're expecting a settlement from the other driver's insurance company, it is in your best interest to limit your contact with them. The insurance company will probably call you and request a statement. If you oblige, your account of the events may be twisted and used against you in an attempt to try to place you partly at fault. The best thing you can do is request that the insurance company get in touch with your lawyer when they contact you.
For more information, consider contacting a professional like those at The Jaklitsch Law Group.Share