Are you building a case for a car accident incident? If so, you should know that there are a number of common mistakes that people in your shoes make that can have a negative impact on a jury panel or judge. If you know what they are, it is easier to avoid them. When seeking compensation or attempting to settle with an insurance company after a car accident has left you injured, always seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney so they can assist you in creating a strategy and initiating a claim against the party or group responsible for the accident. Without the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney, the case has a significantly higher likelihood of failing.
Common Mistakes that Can Hurt Your Personal Injury Claim After an Accident:
- Police Report: The police report is a crucial piece of evidence. It is filed after the police are contacted after the accident and they respond to the scene and complete an assessment of the collision. Your personal injury lawyer can obtain a copy of the police report for the case. If the officer does not complete this document on the scene of the accident, it is vital to request that they do so before anything is settled. The report typically contains general observations, details about the case, statements from witnesses at the scene, etc. are all in the report. Without the police report, the car accident case will likely be weaker.
- Medical Attention: Once the police report is completed, the victim of the incident should seek out medical attention for any injuries or harm that occurred as a result of the accident. Failure to seek out medical attention quickly after the accident could negatively affect the health of the victim and may also be used against the victim by the opposing counsel during litigation.
- Failing to Provide the Physician with Information: In some cases, the victim of a car accident fails to provide their doctor with all the information relevant to the case. Every symptom is important after an injury occurs. Even minor bruising could indicate a larger problem. An ache could lead to long-term damage. Headaches could be a symptom of brain damage. It is extremely important to let the doctor know of every symptom during the aftermath of a collision. It is also important to disclose any injuries from the past, allergies, etc. Without all of the information, the doctor’s treatment may not be effective.
- Insurance Companies and Legal Advice: After an accident, make sure you document everything as much as possible. Take pictures of the scene, take witness statements, request the police report, and other evidence such as the weather, the road conditions, etc. Contact the insurance carrier the policy exists with to advise them of what occurred. After you have been in an accident, you should contact the insurance carrier. All the information gathered about the collision should be double documented for later verification. Don’t worry if the first interview is extensive or imposing; it may even seem as if the questions asked are unrelated to the accident, but questions should be answered as accurately as possible.
If you have been in a car accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away at Aronow Law PC. We will assist you in seeking fair compensation for your injuries.