Blunders That Could Potentially Hurt Your Personal Injury Claim
The moments and days following a car accident can be some of the most trying and tedious times in your life, which is why they are the most crucial times to start working on your claim. Even if you aren’t sure if you’re in need of filing a personal injury claim, you don’t want to potentially do anything that can harm your claim from the start. After an accident, it is normal to feel extremely flustered and shaken, but you should be aware of the many ways that people sabotage their own personal injury claims from the start. Your ability to recover is one of the most imperative things in your life at this time, which is why it is important to remember some of the blunders many people make and how you can avoid them.
Common Mistakes Individuals Make
Failing to Call the Police: It is imperative that you always call the police after a serious car accident. Though it is true that some minor fender-benders can be handled between you and another driver without calling the police, if the damages were significant, it is illegal to drive away without the police coming to the scene to document what happened. You also want to call for the reason that you will be able to gain a police report from the officer who arrived at the scene, which you will be able to use later on so that liability can be determined.
Apologizing for the Accident: If you approach the other driver and apologize for the accident, they could use these words against you and insurance companies might determine that you were blaming the accident on yourself. You don’t want to damage your claim from the start, so ensure that you stay calm and never admit fault in any way.
Fleeing the Scene: If you flee the scene of an accident without speaking to the other driver or calling the police, you could be arrested for hit-and-run. Wait for the police so that they can evaluate your accident scene and help you from there.
Delaying Medical Treatment: Not receiving medical treatment after an accident is the number 1 way to gain a bad start in the midst of your claim. You always want to receive medical treatment after a serious accident, as you never know if that injury that you thought was ‘minor’ could actually be something more harrowing. Receiving treatment can help your claim down the line if you have received serious injuries.
Giving Statements to Insurance: After the accident, the insurance companies might take advantage of you and call you immediately about your case. They might want you to give a statement in this desperate time and try to twist your words against you. Never speak to the insurance companies without the help of an experienced accident attorney on your side.
Missing Statute of Limitations: If you wait too long to file your claim, you could miss the statute of limitations and be barred from bringing an injury claim against the other party. Speak to an attorney immediately, as you have limited time to do so.
How an Attorney Can Help
At Katz Kantor Stonestreet & Buckner, our experienced attorneys have handled a wide variety of car accident cases in West Virginia and can help you receive the best results in your case after you have endured serious injuries. Do not wait one more moment to speak with an attorney, as you could lose out on important opportunities that are only available to you after your accident. We will protect your rights every step of the way. Contact us to find out what we can do for you at 304-431-4050.