According to the NHTSA (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), over 3,300 people each year from the state of California will die in a car accident. This is five times the national average.
Seeking immediate medical care for an injury is tremendously stressful. It’s even worse when you add on having to navigate the personal injury claims process. Unfortunately, individuals seeking compensation for a personal injury case make common mistakes during the process, which complicates matters. Here are common mistakes to avoid when filing personal injury claims.
Not Documenting Evidence
You will typically have a better case outcome when you can provide more evidence to support your personal injury claim. However, if you don’t document the evidence, then you may lose your case.
It is important that the police can file a report on your behalf with the facts at the time the incident occurs. Also, if there is a witness that saw your accident and when you incurred your injury, you will need their statement and contact information.
In addition, take as many photos of the scene as you can. Take pictures of the crash, damage to all the vehicles, and your injuries. You must include all of this in your personal injury claim documents to help win your case.
Being Quick to Settle
It is understandable if you feel you want to put the entire unfortunate incident behind you and pay off all of the medical bills that accumulated. While it may take time, do not take the first offer you get from an insurance company or the at-fault party. The first offer is typically not enough to cover the extent of damages and full costs of medical treatment. Instead, consult with your personal injury lawyer before accepting any kind of settlement, which we will discuss momentarily.
Missing the Deadline for Filing Personal Injury Claims
It is super important to understand the claim filing deadline. This is an easy way to lose the money they owe you based on nothing more than a technicality.
When suing for a personal injury, the state of California gives you two years from the time of injury to file. However, sometimes you will not discover your injury right away. Here, it would be one year from the date you discovered you have an injury.
With an injury from a car accident, you can work with the insurance company on an insurance claim. Be careful of how long you wait to settle your claim with the insurance company, as you do not want to miss the statute of limitations should you not come to a settlement that is suitable for you, and you must file suit.
Talking With Others About Your Claim
Engaging with family, friends, or another party can put your case at risk. You do not want to say the wrong thing and have it used against you. The same goes for social media. Anything you post about the case can be used against you. It’s a mistake that too many people will make these digital days, and something you write or put in an image will sabotage the personal injury case you have.
Even giving an apology can be evidence against you and interpreted as you are admitting fault. If someone asks you about your case, the best thing to do is refer them to your personal injury attorney.
Not Hiring a Reputable Personal Injury Lawyer
Suffering from a personal injury is more than just physical pain, you are dealing with emotional pain too. Filing personal injury claims can be overwhelming, especially when you are not in your best healthy state.
A personal injury lawyer will take away the burden that is weighing you down. Further, an attorney provides the layer of protection you need from insurance companies. Insurance companies are businesses. They are looking out for their bottom line. Therefore, they will not be interested in losing money by paying victims maximum compensation.
Meanwhile, a personal injury attorney is in your corner, fighting for your rights because they understand the full extent of the claim and how much it is actually worth. An attorney will help you get the fair compensation you deserve, as they help you with the claim filing process. They know how to prove liability and fault. In addition, a personal injury attorney will investigate the accident, gather evidence, and identify the responsible party.
Filing Personal Injury Claims with Angeleno Accident Lawyers
Injuries because of auto-related accidents are stressful, confusing, and may even leave you feeling hopeless. With Angelino Accident Lawyers, we will work with you, and you will see the light at the end of the tunnel. That is because we will help you with filing personal injury claims the right way to get the full financial compensation you are due.
You are not alone. We can help. Contact us now.