In our previous blog, we discussed five important tips to help motorists who have been involved in auto accidents protect their right to compensation. These tips focused on ensuring that motorists didn’t make crucial mistakes that could impact their personal injury claims at a later date - mistakes like not calling the police or not exchanging information with all parties involved in a crash.
Because there are many mistakes that could negatively affect your personal injury claim, our Phoenix accident attorneys wanted to expand on tips for avoiding mistakes after auto accidents. Below are 5 more things you should avoid:
- Not Getting Treatment for Serious Injuries - For one reason or another, many people involved in auto accidents are reluctant to seek medical treatment - often because they think they can take care or it themselves or that the pain will go away. It’s important to remember that even small symptoms - like numbness or radiating pain - could indicate more serious problems. Whatever your symptoms may be, it is crucial to seek treatment and follow up with your doctor until pain is resolved.
- Not Learning About Your Rights - Understanding your legal rights can help you as you begin to pursue compensation for your losses following an accident. Although every case is unique, victims harmed by the negligent or wrongful acts of others have the right to recover various damages resulting from the accident, including medical bills, lost work wages, pain and suffering, emotional injuries, and more.
- Waiting Too Long to File a Claim - It becomes your responsibility to take swift action to protect your rights after an accident because there is a limited amount of time to file a claim. This time limit is known as the statute of limitations. Aside from avoiding this time limit, taking immediate action to file a claim can benefit your claim and give your attorney plenty of time to build a strong case.
- Being Too Quick to Accept a Settlement - Whether it’s because they are not familiar with their rights or the value of their claim, or because they don’t have legal representation, far too many auto accident victims settle too quickly with the insurance company. Remember, insurance companies do everything they can to pay as little as possible. Being too quick to settle your claim can result in you receiving less than you need and deserve.
- Not Speaking With a Lawyer - One of the biggest mistakes people make after an auto accident is to not discuss their case with an experienced attorney. A personal injury can evaluate your situation in relation to the law, and help you understand your rights and whether you are entitled to compensation. Proven lawyers can also fight to ensure you secure full and fair compensation for your damages. Ultimately, having a seasoned lawyer on your side could make the difference in your case.
If you have questions about filing a personal injury claim after a car accident in Phoenix, Tempe, or any of the surrounding areas of Arizona, Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C. is here to help. Contact an attorney from our firm to discuss your case during a FREE consultation.