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Mistakes Commonly Made During a Personal Injury Claim

Despite the fact that accidents are frequent occurrences, many individuals still do not know how to effectively navigate a personal injury claim. It is crucial to understand which mistakes can severely derail your claim and how to avoid them. Otherwise, you will jeopardize your chances of obtaining the compensation you need to cover your medical expenses, property damages, and lost wages.

Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when filing a personal injury claim that you should avoid:

  • Failing to seek medical attention after an accident: A fairly common mistake for people to make after being involved in an accident is to not seek medical attention immediately afterward. People often assume that if they feel fine then it means they did not sustain any injuries. Unfortunately, not all injuries present symptoms in the aftermath of an accident. It is not uncommon for symptoms to take hours, days, or even weeks before they appear. Your health could be severely compromised without even knowing it, so make sure you see a doctor as soon as possible. Doing so will also help your claim since it will start a paper trail of evidence.
  • Failing to heed the doctor’s instructions: Seeing a doctor after being involved in an accident will not do you a lot of good if you fail to follow any of his or her advice. In fact, it will hurt your claim since the insurance company might accuse you of exaggerating your injuries since you are not in compliance with your doctor’s prescribed treatment.
  • Lying about the accident and injuries to the doctor: If you are even remotely dishonest with your doctor and it is somehow discovered, your credibility will be severely damaged and you might lose your shot at obtaining compensation. Always be honest.
  • Not calling the police after the accident: No matter how minor the accident is, you should still call the police to ensure that a report is filed. Both insurance companies will want a copy of the police report, so no matter how much the other party wants you to forego this crucial step, always call the police after an accident.
  • Providing a recorded statement to the other party’s insurance company: The at-fault party’s insurance company will likely ask you to give a recorded statement, but you are not under any obligation to do so. Politely decline this request since providing a recorded statement will do far more harm than good.
  • Not seeking legal representation: The at-fault party’s insurance company would love it if you failed to hire an attorney to represent you since it will make it far easier to take advantage of you during this vulnerable time. Hiring an attorney will improve your chances of maximizing compensation and ensure you do not make any unnecessary mistakes during the process.

Hire an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in Midland!

If you were injured in an accident, do not make the mistake of failing to hire a skilled personal injury attorney to represent your case. At Dean Law Firm, we provide the sound legal advice and fierce legal representation you need to obtain compensation for your injuries.

Contact us today at (432) 214-8125 to schedule a complimentary case review with one of our esteemed attorneys.