If you’ve been injured in an accident, whether it’s from a car crash, on the job, or otherwise due to another’s negligence, your life can be turned upside down. The injuries can keep you out of work—temporarily or permanently, stop you from enjoying everyday activities that you once loved, or even disable you for the rest of your life.
You deserve compensation for all of your losses. Common mistakes can destroy your chances of getting any compensation, let alone recovering your full losses.
The insurance companies and their lawyers are going to take advantage of any mistakes you make to pay you as little as possible.
Not Taking Immediate Action
Depending on how serious your injury is, it may not be possible for you to take immediate action, but you have to start looking out for your rights as soon as possible. Always take pictures and gather names and other relevant information at the scene of the accident. If possible, get the names and contact information of witnesses. Write down your account of what happened because, over time, important details may slip your mind.
You should keep a record of all your expenses resulting from the accident. The documentation should include damage to your car and personal property, medical costs, lost wages- even if you use vacation time or sick leave while you are off work, and other related expenses or losses.
Not Hiring an Attorney
You may think that the insurance adjuster is giving you a fair amount for your injury, or maybe you aren’t the suing type. Keep in mind that an insurance company is looking out for their shareholders and this means high profits is their goal. If you try to represent yourself, the insurance company will do everything they can to delay your claim and then blame you.
Every case is different, so there is no guarantee that your case will receive a specific amount for an injury but hiring a personal injury attorney will get you more than the insurance company is offering – 2 to 5 times more according to their own industry studies.
Falsifying Injuries or Symptoms
You should never exaggerate your symptoms in an attempt to receive more compensation. It’s not a good idea, and it can compromise your case because no lawyer can fix a lie. Let your attorney handle negotiations, as a professional will know how to get you full and fair compensation that will cover all your losses.
On the other hand, many injury victims settle their claims before they know the extent of their injuries or before they have finished treatment. Some injury victims downplay or ignore minor injuries because they don’t want to seem like a complainer. If you accept a low settlement and develop more serious complications later, you could be stuck with uncompensated expenses.
Do not discuss your case with others on any social media platform. While you are trying to receive compensation for your injuries, the insurance company is looking for ways to discredit you or pay you less. They will use whatever they can against you, including your own social media posts. Something as simple as a smiling selfie can be turned against you to discredit your claims.
The S.E. Farris Law Firm has more than 30 years of experience dealing with personal injury cases and insurance companies. We will properly handle your case and negotiate with insurance adjusters on your behalf. We prepare every case for trial in case the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement. Because we are ready for trial, the insurance company is less likely to play games with us. To reach us, call us at 314-252-9937 or send us a message to arrange a free consultation.