Being involved in a personal injury accident or any situation in which another individual’s recklessness or negligent behavior has caused injuries, you need to take action to represent yourself moving forward. Even if you are not yet sure whether you will file a personal injury case, there are three major mistakes you can make early on that can compromise the integrity of such a case and make it more difficult for you to move on.
The first big mistake to make after a personal injury accident is failing to get medical treatment for your injuries. Sometimes people refuse transportation by ambulance to a hospital or any emergency medical treatment because they believe it is unnecessary. This could be a mistake because if you have any injuries at all following a personal injury accident such as a car wreck, you need a medical evaluation. This can help to identify those issues that are more challenging to spot at the scene of the accident like a traumatic brain injury and it can also serve as proof of your injury later on if you do choose to file a personal injury claim.
The second big mistake you can make in a personal injury case is telling the insurance company that you were not that seriously injured. The insurance company may ask that you provide a recorded statement at some point in time but doing so could be in the insurance company’s best interest and not yours. This is why it is recommended that you retain a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to represent you and advise you about whether or not this is in your best interest.
The third major mistake you could make in a personal injury claim is failing to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer. Telling your lawyer all of the facts as soon as possible after the accident has occurred gives him or her the best possible chance to craft a compelling and meaningful case for your future. Identifying an attorney who has extensive experience in the type of accident in which you have sustained injuries can make a big difference on the outcome of your case and your ability to recover compensation and move on with your life.