When it comes to personal injury cases, it's as much about what you should avoid doing as what you do. Read below to find out how victims can easily avoid making these errors.
You Put Off Taking Action
You do need to take enough time to heal from your injuries before you begin a legal proceeding. However, waiting too long has its risks. For one thing, accident evidence can be lost if you don't capture things quickly. For example, eyewitnesses can forget things or even be difficult to contact if you wait too long to speak to a lawyer. The other problem is that cases filed after the statute of limitations has run out will be dismissed no matter how valid they might be otherwise.
You Try to Act Too Quickly
On the other hand, it's all too easy to act impulsively when trying to get your life back to normal again. At the heart of this error is your medical condition. Once you are certain of the way your injuries will fare in the future, you can then consider a settlement. Settling before that point, though, can mean not being paid for any future medical treatments (surgeries, physical therapy, etc.) you may need.
You Place Your Trust in the Wrong Thing
After an accident with injuries, victims are vulnerable to being taken advantage of by the at-fault driver's insurance agency. To that end, some victims believe what they are told, to their disadvantage. For example, the other guy's insurer might tell a victim that they are only entitled to a car repair and medical treatment coverage. That leaves out lost wages, pain and suffering, and future medical coverage. Those things are often only available when you take legal action against the driver.
You End the Case Accidentally
It's also very easy to be taken advantage of another way. Once it has been established that the insurer's client was at fault for the accident and that you have considerable medical costs, a settlement offer may come your way. However, don't make the mistake of signing anything without speaking first to a personal injury lawyer. Many victims end up cutting short the case (and their compensation) by signing or depositing checks from the other side's insurer or signing an accident release.
Things don't have to go badly after an accident. Speak to a truck accident lawyer about your case, and that way you'll avoid the above costly errors and more.
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