If you have been injured in an accident, it is important to take the necessary steps to get the compensation you deserve. When pursuing a personal injury case, you should be aware of the most common mistakes that people make and how these mistakes can often destroy personal injury cases, leaving injured victims with little or no compensation. Below is a list of the most common problems that attorneys see in personal injury cases and tips on how to avoid them.
1. Belittling your injuries – There are so many cases where injured victims do not want to sue another individual for the injuries they sustained in an accident. While the litigation process is often time-consuming and expensive, it is only right that injured victims get compensated for their injuries. So if you have been hurt, do not understate your injuries in order to avoid litigation. Take the necessary steps to get the compensation and justice you deserve.
2. Failing to seek medical treatment – Fearing the cost of medical treatment, many individuals avoid seeing a doctor after an accident. In personal injury litigation, it is essential that you have medical documentation proving that you sought treatment for your injuries. Otherwise, insurance companies will likely deny your claim by arguing that you were not injured. Do not worry about medical expenses, as your attorney will work to get you reimbursed later.
3. Talking to insurance adjusters without representation – If you speak to an insurance adjuster on the phone, this conversation is recorded. Insurance adjusters are trained to devalue your claim by asking questions that will lead you to answer in ways that undermine the value of your injury. Never speak to an insurance adjuster without the guidance of an attorney, otherwise you may unintentionally forfeit any compensation for your injuries.
4. Waiting too long to hire an attorney – Similar to the advice in #3, it is imperative that you consult with a personal injury attorney immediately following an accident. In order to file a successful personal injury claim, evidence is needed and attorneys know how to compile all of the appropriate documentation you need to win your case. For instance, your medical records are one of the most important forms of evidence in personal injury cases, and your attorney will know how to access these records for you. Also, it is important to understand the statute of limitation laws in your state. In Maryland, you have three years to file a personal injury claim. If you wait too long, most lawyers will not take your case because litigation is a lengthy process and your case will likely not make it through the litigation process.
If you are injured in an accident, contact a personal injury attorney immediately. The attorneys at Ingerman & Horwitz specialize in personal injury litigation and know how to construct your case, getting you the compensation you are entitled to. Do not hesitate. Contact us today. We’re here to help.