Averting Common Mistakes That Personal Injury Victims Make
Sometimes, many personal injury victims do not receive all the compensation that they ought to be entitled to because of common mistakes that they make, which can actually default on their legal case.
Making available to insurance adjusters of your recorded statements without a lawyer’s consultation
An insurance adjuster will normally come to see you, after the accident, and will look for ways for you to make unofficial statements about the accident, which he will likely record and use this 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.
As a personal injury victim, you have the freedom to choose any doctor to examine and treat your injuries following your accident and the reason why an insurance company would want you to be examined by their doctor because the doctor is hired by the insurance company and can give a diagnosis that is more favorable for the insurance company; therefore, avoid agreeing to be examined by a company doctor.
Ignoring doctor’s instructions
Your doctor’s examination and treatment of your injuries are put on records in which this medical record will be used during the court proceedings to establish the seriousness of your injury, if you ignore the doctor’s instructions, like stopping medications without his approval, this will make the insurance company including the court suspicious of the true nature of your injuries and, thus, will, in effect, lower your claim for compensation; therefore, obey completely the doctor’s orders.
Settling too fast without knowing first all your injuries
Always remember that most injuries take time to full develop, therefore, don’t make the mistake of claiming hurriedly for a settlement without knowing the full extent of your injuries 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
Don’t wait too long to seek legal assistance as there is a statute of limitations, which refers to a limited period where the victim is allowed to process his claim, which might expire before you call for a personal injury lawyer, since he is well versed on your rights as an accident victim and with his evaluation on your case including that from your doctor’s findings, he can give you an idea on whether you stand a chance of winning your case in court if you decide to sue and he can also advise you on how much settlement should you claim; therefore, 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.
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