It can be difficult to deal with the effects of an accident injury, but you should take care not to let the confusion and stress of the moment lead you to make a mistake that you might later regret. Be on the lookout for some of the regrettable moves below, and stay on track to get the compensation you need and deserve.
You fail to seek medical treatment
Even minor accidents could cause you long-lasting injuries, and you must place your health and well-being at the forefront when you get in a wreck. Not only is being seen by a medical professional smart for own good, the treatment you receive plays a huge part in the compensation you may be entitled to receive. Don't dismiss the need for medical treatment, it could both increase your money damages and prevent more problems with your health down the road.
You give a recorded statement
When the insurance adjuster for the other side calls on you to provide a recorded statement about the wreck, just say "no". You are under no obligation to do so, and you may even accidentally say something that ends up harming your case. No matter how much you may be tempted by the check they are dangling, speak with an attorney before you do anything rash.
You think your movements are of no consequence
From the moment the other side gets a whiff of your threat to sue, you may be under surveillance, and it pays to be aware of it. No one wants to limp and look pitiful when out in public, but putting up a brave front and pretending you are not in pain could make it appear that you are not hurt as badly as you claimed
You think you have plenty of time to file.
While every state does have a statute of limitations, that is not the only time consideration at play here. In all cases, if you wait too long to file suit, you will be prevented from doing so by the statute of limitations, but you usually have a year or so before that happens. It is vital that you know and understand what the time limit is in your state, but more importantly, the longer you wait the lower your potential damage amount could be. Witnesses move or cannot be located, video footage of the accident get erased, and everyone's memory of the events of the day fade. Don't waste any precious time procrastinating your need to seek the help of a personal injury attorney.
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