Car accidents and personal injuries can often cause an emotional reaction in most victims. You may be injured, out of work and left with property damage as well.
It is common for personal injury victims to be nervous, frustrated, and confused by the aftermath of a car accident. You didn’t plan on getting into a wreck or prepare for what is to come next.
We understand exactly where you’re coming from, we work with personal injury victims everyday and have noticed a few common mistakes that you can avoid if and when you find yourself involved in a car accident.
Read on for our 6 tips to avoid mistakes in your personal injury case.
1. Don’t Disregard Timeframes and Deadlines
In the world of personal injury and insurance, there are specific dates and deadlines that must be met in order for a personal injury case and settlement to be viable.
You should be cognisant of such timeframes and keep communication between yourself, your insurance company and your lawyer a top priority.
2. Don’t Omit Information from Your Lawyer or Health Insurance Company.
Communication with your insurance company can be tricky to navigate. There are some things you do not want to say to your insurance adjustor. Yet, if you leave certain information out of your conversations, it could hurt you. For example, it is necessary that you speak with your health insurance provider prior to finalizing a settlement.
Settling a claim without consulting your health insurance could result in canceled benefits. This is especially important to remember if you receive government benefits.
3. If You’ve Been Put Out of Work, Don’t Forget a Disability Slip.
It can be tricky to get compensated for lost wages without proof that you cannot go back to work. It will benefit you in the long run to have honest conversations with your doctor about getting a disability slip that you can present to your place of employment as well as include within your settlement documents. Once your doctor tells you that it’s alright to go back to work, be sure to get a work release as well for the same reasons.
4. Remember to Document Everything – Including Physical Medical Items
In a personal injury settlement case, there is no such thing as too much documentation. Keep track of medications you are prescribed, even take photos of the bottles. Same thing goes for any casts, crutches, or wheelchairs that were required during your medical treatment. Take photos of keep these physical items for your case.
5. Remember, Your Doctors are There to Help You.
By this, we mean, please tell them about all of your injuries and be honest about the severity. It does you no good to diminish your injuries.
You are owed true healing and compensation.
6. Don’t Go At it Alone.
You may believe that you can’t afford a lawyer to represent you and your case, however, most often a lawyer is not paid until you get the compensation you deserve.
If you are curious what an attorney can do to help you with your personal injury case, give us a call today.