Common Mistakes People Make With Their Personal Injury Cases
As a law firm, we have to deal with many clients in terrible situations, but most are not open to changing or getting assistance. We have also interacted with many people who pretend that they do not have a problem and that what is happening is alright, and they can get through it. They try to normalize the situation, which only makes it tough if we plan on doing anything about it.
Over the years, we also found that it was challenging to get through processes like this one because most of the time, the person would be convincing the other that they could settle it amicably. We learned about the most common mistakes when we were getting through a process, and we wanted more people to know so they could seek help. We are more than happy to assist in any way that we can. However, if someone is trying to handle the process themselves, they should know what they are doing so they would not make mistakes that could come back to bite them and make the whole case go away.
Here are some of the most common pointers that we came across and would be a good place to start. If you want to get more information about the process, you can always get in touch with us, and we are always happy to help get through the process.
1. Not calling the police
- It might appear obvious at first, but due to the potential chaos and shock of being involved in an accident, you might forget to contact the police. Don’t make this mistake.
- The police are an invaluable tool who will take down names and important information of parties involved, such as naming the parties, their insurance, potential witnesses, and even charge the at-fault party.
- A police report is an official document that you will be able to rely on and avoid the possible headache of proving liability and even worse- if the accident occurred at all!
2. Not filing a claim
- If you were involved in an accident months ago, or even longer, and didn’t file a claim because “it’s too late…” that may not be the case.
- The basic limitation period to file a claim and protect your rights is two years from the date you knew a claim could be made.
- Under the common law Discoverability rule, a limitation period will not begin to run until the injured party “discovers” they have a claim for damages, or it ought to be clear to them that they have recourse for their injuries.
- This is particularly important in personal injury cases where an injury may not be readily apparent, and its effects might give rise to “discovering” your claim a few months later.
- There are other exceptions to this rule, and when in doubt contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to protect your rights.
3. Not visiting your doctor
- The injured party must visit their doctors regularly. Don’t “tough it out” at home.
- You may be unaware of how serious your injuries are, and they may worsen over time from a lack of treatment.
- This is also a great way to gather evidence for your claim. For the less obvious injuries, others can’t know the pain you are experiencing. A lack of medical evidence can be fatal to a claim.
- It is important to build a good relationship with your doctors and ask for help depending on the injuries you receive. They may refer you to specialists to ensure you get the treatment you need.
4. Just because your insurance denied your treatment does not mean you are not entitled to it
- It is not uncommon for treatment plans to be denied by insurance companies even when your doctors are saying it is necessary.
- This does not mean your claim is over. An experienced personal injury lawyer may be able to have the plan approved and assist in getting you the settlement to which you are entitled.
5. Not getting the correct representation
- An experienced personal injury lawyer can help guide you through the entire process. These claims can be very draining and stressful. People are pressured to settle for less than they are entitled to put everything behind them.
- Experienced lawyers will know the value of your case and fight to get you the best settlement possible- to trial.
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