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Aspects You Can’t Forget Following Your Personal Injury

Can You File for Other Damages After Settlement is Reached?

Posted on December 10, 2018

Following a car accident, the stakes are high and you might be feeling that rush of adrenaline, worry, or scattered thoughts that tend to follow an accident. Only when your mind is clear again do you realize that you might have forgotten some key aspects in your case. From the moment that your accident takes place, the clock starts ticking down as you make your way toward the compensation you deserve. It can be difficult to know what you should or shouldn’t do following a personal injury. Today we want to remind you of some things that you should never forget.

What You Should Never Forget

Aspects You Can’t Forget Following Your Personal Injury You shouldn’t speak with the other party’s insurance company: Did you know that you are actually not liable for speaking with the other party’s insurance company? In fact, doing so can lead to severe consequences down the road. The other company will try to investigate the accident, which means that they might be trying to find out answers as to what happened and pin the blame on you. These insurance companies have no incentive to help you receive fair compensation and can use your words against you so that you receive little to nothing in your case. You want to avoid this at all costs.

You should always keep good documentation from the very beginning: One of the best ways that you can receive the compensation you deserve following an accident is to keep good documentation from the very beginning. Some of the most vital pieces of evidence that you can use in your case include photographs of the accident scene and your injuries, documents kept about your injuries, medical records showing what injuries you received in the midst of your accident, receipts that show what care you have paid for out-of-pocket, and more. If you fail to keep documentation, the courts have nothing to go off of when they are trying to help you with your case. 

You should never go without medical attention: Many accident victims don’t feel their symptoms right off the bat and might put off on medical attention. Others say that they can’t afford it and so they skip it entirely. It is never a good idea to avoid medical attention, as this could impact your claim later when you try to receive compensation and the other party claims that your injuries must not have been as serious as you claimed. 

You should never admit fault: It is not a good idea to admit fault, even if you believe that the accident might have been your fault – this is for police and other professionals to identify. Even the simplest “I’m sorry” could destroy your case and cause you to be liable.

You should always work to gain the best settlement, not the fastest one: Accepting a fast settlement is one of the most damaging things that can set you back in your claim. Your first proposed settlement option might not be the best and you can work on negotiation with the help of your attorney until you get it right.

You want to ensure that you are protecting your rights from the start when it comes to your personal injury case, which is why it is important to have an attorney who specializes in these laws on your side. At Katz Kantor Stonestreet & Buckner, you have many rights as you work toward the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for more information at 304-431-4050 for more information on how we can help in your time of need.

Note: This post was created with the help of secondary sources operating independently from Katz, Kantor, Stonestreet & Buckner Law Firm. The information used from these sources has not been independently confirmed by our staff. If anything included in these posts is incorrect, please inform us and we will promptly correct the post.

Disclaimer: Our intent with these posts is to honor the victims of these terrible accidents and inform the public about how to avoid these accidents and what to do in the event of one. This information should not be considered legal or medical advice. 

Katz, Kantor, Stonestreet & Buckner, PLLC is located in Princeton and Charleston, WV and serves clients in and around such cities as well as southern West Virginia including but not limited to the counties of Mercer, McDowell, Raleigh, Summers, Monroe, Kanawha and Wyoming.

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