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Common Mistakes in Personal Injury Cases

Common Mistakes in Personal Injury Cases

Personal injury cases can be stressful, confusing, and emotionally overwhelming, especially if you require extensive medical treatment, physical therapy, missed time from work, and money to cover all of the expense involved. Since most people have never experienced an injury lawsuit, many of them make mistakes that can harm their cases down the road, compromising their opportunity to recover a fair compensation for their injuries.

The following are the most common mistakes people can make in personal injury cases:

  • Delay receiving medical treatment - If you suffer an injury, it is important to obtain immediate medical treatment--whether you require emergency services or make an appointment with your primary care physician. If you delay seeking medical care, then an insurance company or even a jury may determine that your injury is not serious enough to warrant a doctor’s visit, therefore it is not serious enough to collect on an injury claim.

  • Provide a recorded statement - Insurance company claims adjusters attempt to obtain recorded statements from those who are injured. While their intentions may seem harmless, adjusters want to use the things you say about the accident against you in order to clear their client from being held liable.

  • Sign a release or medical authorizations - Be careful which documents you sign since they could potentially be a release or a waiver of your rights. If you do so, your rights may be lost permanently.

  • Fail to preserve evidence - One of most critical steps to any personal injury case is gathering evidence. Photos of the accident and injuries, witness statements, police reports, and other types of evidence are important to any legal claim.Failing to gather such evidence or losing key pieces of evidence means that you don’t have a strong case.

  • Settle the claim too soon - Before you settle the claim, make sure the medical evidence is final. What if your doctor says you will make a full recovery in a year and you end up settling your claim before a full year passes. If you are still injured beyond your doctor’s diagnosis and continue to suffer pain, you cannot attempt to obtain more compensation. Keep in mind, the first offer insurance companies make are often the lowest.

  • Not hire a lawyer - When people attempt to handle an injury claim on their own, especially if they are unfamiliar with the personal injury system, they leave themselves vulnerable to be taken advantage of by insurance adjusters. Even insurance companies are backed by a team of lawyers. An experienced personal injury lawyer possesses a comprehensive knowledge of the legal system to guide you through the complexities of your case, while protecting your rights and best interests throughout the entire process.

If you have suffered an injury caused by the negligent actions of another party in Southern California, contact our Pasadena personal injury attorney at Tedford & Associates today.

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