4 Deadly Sins Of Personal Injury Claims
Many critical decisions and actions affect whether you receive full compensation for your personal injury claim. The insurance company will not educate you about them until they make a low ball offer. Here are four essential things you must be aware of.
- Do not give a recorded statement to any insurance company until you consult with an attorney. For example, a casual comment about speed could wreck your case. You will be questioned about the speed you were going and if you know the speed limit. Any errors in your statement could later be used against you.
- Stating injuries not reflected in your medical records or concealing prior injuries. This affects your credibility and compromises your case.
- Delay seeking medical treatment. Many folks think they can work out a minor injury only to find that it worsens into a serious problem. A delay in treatment increases the chances your injury will not be attributed to the incident/accident.
- Not following your doctor’s treatment. The insurance company will assume you must not have been hurt very much if you don’t follow your doctor’s orders.
If your case is significant the best thing you can do is hire, or at least, consult a board certified personal injury attorney. Without a lawyer you have little leverage against a big insurance company. A good attorney can help you do everything right from the beginning and take the risk out of fighting a battle you are not trained for or experienced in.