When involved in a legal case of any kind, there are many factors that can make or break your case. What many people don’t realize is that even the smallest mistakes can break your case and cost you thousands of dollars. In a personal injury case, there are certain words or actions you can make that can end up costing you more money than you realize.
Personal injury lawyers want to help their clients as much as possible and help them avoid these mistakes that can cost them a lot of money. If you are involved in a personal injury case, here are three mistakes to avoid to protect both you and your wallet.
Giving a Recorded Statement
By talking to an insurance adjuster and giving a recorded statement, they can take whatever you say and turn it against you. Insurance adjusters are skilled questioners who know just how to get certain information out of you. You may think that the answers you are giving will help your case, but they are usually just looking for information to use against you later. It’s important to talk to a personal injury lawyer before talking to an insurance adjuster. It is also important to note that you are not required to give a recorded statement to the other party’s insurance company.
Waiting to the Last Minute to Resolve Your Claim
Personal injury claims have deadlines, and they usually have to be resolved within two years of the date of the accident. In order to prevent paying thousands of dollars or receiving an unfair offer, you should work with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to avoid this deadline and make sure your case gets resolved. By waiting to resolve your claim, the insurance company has a higher advantage in the case and can send low offers because you won’t have much time to negotiate a higher offer.
Not Going to the Doctor
When you are injured in any situation, it is always important to go see a doctor as soon as possible. If you are involved in a personal injury case, going to see a doctor is the most important thing you can do. If you do not see a doctor, an insurance company can use that information to undermine your case and will claim that the injury must have not been serious enough to see a doctor. Personal injury lawyers recommend that you go to the doctor as soon as possible so that you have the opportunity to use no-fault benefits. Doctors can also make evaluations that your lawyer can use in court to back up your claim.
To avoid paying thousands of dollars, try to avoid these mistakes. More importantly, contact a personal injury lawyer to help settle your claim and get you the money you deserve. Robert J. DeBry and Associates has a great team of personal injury lawyers that can help you file a personal injury claim and win your legal claim. Contact us today to get started on your personal injury claim.