Accidents happen in the blink of an eye.
You could get bitten by a dog, slip at a restaurant, be involved in a car accident, and the list goes on and on.
No matter the situation, you need to be prepared to put yourself in a better position to protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve.
Personal injury cases can be overwhelming, but knowing the basics can help you help yourself.
In this blog post, we discuss four mistakes you must avoid if you’re involved in an accident.
4 Mistakes to Avoid After an Accident
Avoiding these mistakes will help you build a strong personal injury case.
You don’t immediately seek medical attention.
If you’re ever involved in an accident, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention.
Though you might feel “fine” it’s a must to get checked out to ensure you’re healthy and help you build a strong personal injury case, if necessary.
If you don’t seek medical attention directly after an accident, adjusters, defense attorneys and insurance companies see this as an opportunity to argue that your injuries could have been caused by something else or they aren’t serious enough to receive compensation.
You didn’t save the evidence.
If you fail to collect evidence including photos and videos from the scene, collect witness contact information, write down your notes of the events, and save medical records, you weaken your case. With a crash or auto accident, always call the police to come if possible as they will record and memorize the crash (and to make sure that the at fault driver gives you valid auto insurance information).
Evidence strengthens your claims.
Without it, your story of the events is nothing more than that… a story.
Be diligent in collecting any and all information that supports your account of the events that took place.
You settled too quickly.
Receiving the first settlement offer can be tempting.
You worry if you don’t take it, you won’t get more.
But, don’t settle especially if you’re facing financial issues as a result of your accident.
If you settle too quickly and receive less compensation than you deserve, there’s no turning back.
Always consult a trusted personal injury lawyer to evaluate the offer and negotiate more so you receive fair compensation.
You didn’t seek legal advice.
After an accident, your mind’s moving a mile a minute. You’re trying to plan out the next steps while managing your emotions to process what took place.
Shortly after an accident, an insurance adjuster will likely reach out to you and request a recorded statement.
Before you do, seek legal advice.
An insurance adjuster wants to find ways to reduce the compensation they owe.
Protect yourself by speaking with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Tampa, like our team here at Cappy Law. We’ll guide you through the entire process from start to finish. Wec are here to handle the stress instead of you.
DO YOU HAVE A PERSONAL INJURY CASE? WE’RE HERE TO HELP.
At Cappy Law, our team of skilled personal injury lawyers has the experience and expertise to get you the compensation on your claim/case that you deserve.
Contact us today and book your free case evaluation.