Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Personal Injury Claim
Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2019 at 9:24 am
We all know that mistakes happen, and some of those mistakes result in personal injuries. However, did you also know that some mistakes can hurt or even end your personal injury claim? As soon as an accident happens that results in a personal injury, the clock starts ticking for you to recover compensation from the liable party. That is why time is of the essence.
If you have suffered injuries due to another person’s negligence, you are likely overwhelmed and frustrated. That is where an experienced personal injury attorney can help. We can deal with the insurance companies, doctors, and attorneys so you can focus on your recovery, but there are a few mistakes that you need to avoid making while we help you:
- Do Not Delay Medical Treatment: The first thing you need to do after being in an accident is to seek medical treatment. Even if you do not feel like you need to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance, you should at least go see your primary care doctor to be evaluated. The doctor will document your accident and check for injuries of which you may not even be aware. Some injuries do not rear their ugly heads for days or weeks after the accident. Once you have begun treatment, you also need to be certain that you follow all orders from your doctor. Keep detailed records of all procedures and treatments you receive as well as their costs.
- Do Not File a Lawsuit After the Statute of Limitations: The statute of limitations in Georgia is just two years from the date you are injured. This means you have two years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit to receive compensation. It is imperative that you speak to an attorney and get your claim filed as quickly as possible so you do not miss the window of opportunity to file your claim.
- Do Not Give an Inaccurate Medical History: It is important that you tell your doctor about all of your symptoms and injuries, but you also need to disclose any previous medical conditions or disabilities that you had before the accident as well as how they have been aggravated by the accident. Failing to reveal this information could result in the defendant trying to use this information against you.
- Do Not Accept the First Offer: The insurance company, or even the other driver, may try to offer you a settlement immediately in an attempt to avoid drawing out any claims and going to court. While this may seem like an easy option to you, too, it may not be the best option. Many times, the insurance company will give you a low-ball offer that does not take into consideration your pain and suffering and may not even take into account all of the damages. Consequently, you should never accept this initial offer, and you should avoid giving them a statement without an experienced attorney’s assistance. Doing either of these could result in you forfeiting a more favorable settlement.
- Do Not Try to Represent Yourself: Before trying to speak to the defendant’s insurance company, you need to be able to stand your ground and know your rights. Suffering injuries due to another person’s negligence can be a life-altering experience. With all the changes in your life, you need to have the assistance of an attorney to ensure you get the compensation that you deserve.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Today
With the assistance of an attorney, recovering the compensation you are entitled to may be easier than you thought. The attorneys at Jonathan R. Brockman, A Personal Injury Law Firm, will stand up for you during one of the most difficult times you are likely to ever face. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and let us work to get you the compensation you deserve.