Common Mistakes After a Personal Injury
Avoid these common mistakes after a personal injury to make sure your rights are protected and you can maximize your compensation.
What mistakes should I avoid after being injured in an accident?
Someone reached out to me and asked me, “What are some common mistakes that people make with their personal injury cases?” They were very concerned that maybe they were going to make a mistake. I told them there are a number of common mistakes that can be easily avoided. The first thing with a personal injury case is to be sure that you obtain immediate medical care. If you’ve been injured and it’s someone else’s fault, you need to get immediately to a medical professional, whether it’s to the emergency room, a walk-in clinic, or to some other medical professional to document your injuries and complaints.
The second thing that happens, which is a common mistake that people make, is they feel like they want to call the insurance company before they hire an attorney. This is a critical mistake because, if you call the insurance company, they have an army of insurance adjusters who are trained to make sure that they minimize the value of the claim by asking particular questions when you’re in a state of distress and discomfort, and they’ll use those questions against you weeks, months, and even years later. Be sure not to call the insurance company. Call an attorney who deals with the insurance companies instead, and that attorney can then guide you through the process and deal with the insurance companies directly instead of you dealing with them and giving statements that are not in your best interest.
Hiring the wrong attorney can be just as big of a mistake as all of these other mistakes put together. If you hire an attorney who’s not familiar with personal injury cases and what needs to take place in order to prove and win those cases, you’re likely to end up with a result that is not going to be appropriate to your injuries and your discomfort. If you hire an attorney who handles family law to handle your personal injury case, they’re just not going to know what to do.
If you hire an attorney who doesn’t do trial work, you’re going to have a situation where the insurance company knows this lawyer doesn’t go to trial and the offers are going to be lower. Be sure that, when you hire an attorney, you hire the right attorney. For a personal injury case, be sure that attorney’s board certified in civil trial law by the Florida Bar because that makes that person a specialist in civil trial law.
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