The two main types of damage claims after a car accident are property damage and personal injury damages. Property damage is primarily regarding damage to your vehicle, a rental car, loss of use of your vehicle, and your personal items that were in your vehicle that may have been damaged. Personal injury damages include medical bills, estimated future medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Mistakes to Avoid When Filing a Personal Injury Claim
When filing a claim after a driver pulls in front of you and causes an accident, there are some actions you should avoid if you want to have the best chances of succeeding with your case.
For instance, never lie about the circumstances leading up to the crash. Even if the truth doesn’t paint your actions in the best light, be as truthful as you can. Attorneys and insurance companies are very thorough. The truth is bound to come out anyway during the preliminary and subsequent investigations.
You should also ensure that any forms that they ask you to complete are free of errors. A single mistype can hurt your case.
Other mistakes that can hurt your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve include waiting to seek medical attention until weeks after the accident, signing anything without speaking to your attorney, talking about your case with third parties like insurance company representatives, and posting information about your accident to social media.
Trying to negotiate with the insurance company yourself can also diminish the value of your claim. Insurance companies know that unrepresented parties can be persuaded to take very little, and sometimes they can make it seem like the accident is your fault and you shouldn’t get anything. Even if there is no noticeable damage to your vehicle, you should contact an attorney to represent you. If you fail to report the accident and the other driver files a claim, you would be at a distinct disadvantage, as the other driver would have ample time to build a case.
Get Help from a Personal Injury Lawyer
Instead of being surprised by a personal injury claim, you should at least get the opinion of a personal injury attorney before you opt to ignore the matter outright.
A call to an attorney can protect your rights. If you have damages, a personal injury lawyer is your best chance of getting covered for all the expenses related to your accident.
Other than a call to 911 and the appropriate medical and emergency personnel, your personal injury attorney should be the next call on your list. By notifying your lawyer about the accident and the other driver’s negligence, you allow for an investigation to begin immediately.
Your attorney can conduct interviews, survey the scene relating to the accident, and speak with insurance adjusters. Instead of having to build a case as you are recovering from your accident, your attorney is working behind the scenes on your behalf.
Contact Personal Injury Attorney Moses Yneges for a Free Consultation
Have you been injured in a vehicle accident that you feel was caused by the other party? Contact The Accident Injury Law Center in Orange County, California, and tell us about your accident. We can schedule you for a phone call or complimentary meeting with an experienced personal injury attorney. This free consultation is confidential and aims to set your mind at ease during this difficult time. The time to build a case for your claim is immediately after the accident occurs. Instead of waiting, call now so we can get started on your claim right away.