If you have ever been injured in a car accident, slip and fall or other dangerous situation, you likely know just how serious such an incident can be. Even if injuries are not immediately apparent, sustaining physical harm can have lasting consequences on your life and your health.
Unfortunately, the trauma of an injury often distracts victims from handling the situation in a way that ensures their protection. According to U.S. Courts, plaintiffs file close to 50,000 personal injury cases in a given year. Any injured person may have grounds for such a case, but there are a few major mistakes that can make things more difficult. Avoid the following missteps after an injury.
Immediately accepting a settlement
Whether you were injured in an auto collision or on an unsafe property, you may find yourself receiving settlement offers from insurance companies looking to make the problem go away as quickly as possible. Some people find such an offer so surprising that they make the mistake of accepting it immediately. You should always take your time and do research prior to making any such decision.
Waiting to seek medical treatment
You might assume that your injury is not severe enough to necessitate medical attention, or you might put off going to the doctor until absolutely necessary. It is important, however, that you seek medical attention as soon as possible following an injury, no matter how minor it may seem. The longer you wait, the weaker your case may be for establishing the accident or injury as the cause of any diagnosis you receive.
Trying to negotiate with insurance alone
Insurance companies will likely be in contact with you following your injury. While the communications may seem amicable, they likely do not have your best interests at heart. Consulting with a legal representative can help you avoid getting taken advantage of, and more importantly, equip you for any further legal action that may take place.