Accidents happen all the tim, and often have long lasting results. There's never a good time for an accident, and adding complex legal proceedings only makes things more challenging. Fortunately, there are many people that have been down that road before you, and there is plenty you can learn from their experiences. Here's a look at some of the most common problems people run in to when filing a personal injury claim and how you can avoid those problems.
Problem #1: Not Seeking Medical Attention Immediately
If you've been injured, seek medical attention as quickly as possible. This one thing can ruin your chances of a successful claim more than anything else. While certain injuries do take time to develop, it'll make your case look suspicious if you start the legal process before you seek medical attention. Failing to quickly seek medical attention can reduce the amount of damages you're able to receive or even cause your case to be rejected outright.
Problem #2: Not Paying Attention to Forms
While you will have to deal with your insurance company, and you'll be in line for piles of paperwork, you need to pay attention to what you sign. Understand what you agree to, because you could agree to terms that completely take away your ability to file a personal injury claim. This even extends to forms you receive long after the accident. It's crucial to have your lawyer review any paperwork concerning your accident, from your insurance company, the police, and any other involved parties.
Problem #3: Not Keeping Your Information Together
Having all your records together is vital to a successful claim. Keep any bills, diagnoses, and insurance or legal documents. Having a pay stub to show lost wages will also help your case if you will be missing work. Also be sure to have a written account of your injury not only from your point of view, but from anyone else that was involved or that witnessed the accident. This helps make sure you remember the details of your claim.
Filing a personal injury claim isn't an easy process. It's full of legal jargon plus paperwork on top of paperwork, and it can drag on for months or even years. But you don't have to do it alone. Trusting a professional not only helps the whole process go more smoothly, but also it gives you a much better chance at a successful claim.