Avoiding Common Mistakes That Personal Injury Victims Make
Sometimes, many personal injury victims do not receive all the compensation that they ought to be entitled to because of common mistakes that they make, which can actually default on their legal case.
Insurance companies are very adept in looking for measures to manipulate personal injury victims in giving out unofficial statements about the accident, which an insurance adjuster can record and use this recorded statement during the court process with the intention of lowering your claim of compensation; therefore, avoid this kind of mistake and always consult first with a lawyer before giving any kind of statements, written or recorded, to an insurance company representative.
Accepting the offer of seeing the insurance company doctor
As a personal injury victim, you have the freedom to choose any doctor to examine and treat your injuries following your accident and the reason why an insurance company would want you to be examined by their doctor because the doctor is hired by the insurance company and can give a diagnosis that is more favorable for the insurance company; therefore, avoid agreeing to be examined by a company doctor.
Disobeying doctor’s instructions
Since you are seriously injured, it is but important to recover from your injuries and to be able to do that is to obey all of your doctor’s instructions, because disobeying your doctor, like stopping medications without the doctor’s approval, can result into the lowering of your claim for compensation, which, in effect, will make the insurance company including the court suspicious of the true nature of your injuries; therefore, obey completely the doctor’s orders.
Early settlement without knowing all your injuries
Avoid making the mistake of claiming quickly for a settlement without knowing the full extent of your injuries, but, instead, take time to fully recover according to the doctor’s specific orders as your doctor will most probably remind you that most injuries take time to full develop, because if you settle early this act will be detrimental to your claim as you are prevented from getting more money from the insurance company when you later discover that your injuries have gone worse.
Don’t wait too long to seek legal assistance as there is a statute of limitations, which refers to a limited period where the victim is allowed to process his claim, which might expire before you call for a personal injury lawyer, since he is well versed on your rights as an accident victim and with his evaluation on your case including that from your doctor’s findings, he can give you an idea on whether you stand a chance of winning your case in court if you decide to sue and he can also advise you on how much settlement should you claim; therefore, avoid the mistake of settling your case with the insurance company without prior consultation with a lawyer because insurance company will initiate settling earlier in order to offer a lesser amount that the maximum compensation that you’re supposed to receive.