You were involved in an accident, and it wasn’t your fault. Now you must deal with the pain, the inconvenience. the cost. You might even lose your job. You have a right to be compensated, but you must be professional when making a claim. There are numerous strategies the offending party or the insurance company will use to keep their money. And they are within their rights to do so. Many times, they are counting on you to make a mistake and ruin your own claim. Here are four common missteps people commit during the process of making a claim.
Too Much Information: The legal process can be intimidating. Most of us are unfamiliar with the intricacies of the legal system. Which is one reason you might want to go straight to hiring a personal injury compensation lawyer, right from the beginning. When people get nervous, they talk too much, they give details that aren’t required and quite often they begin to create a picture of casual concern. Or worse, they provide information that can then be used against them to cause doubt over their claim. Loose lips sink ships, just answer the questions efficiently without embellishment.
Social Media: There is a reason people don’t talk about the details of a case while there is an investigation underway. The defendants are working hard to undermine your claim, and they will use whatever they can find, so your claim will be dismissed. Talking about your accident on social media will likely provide the tools they need to discredit your story, and even possibly make a counterclaim.
Assuming it Will Be Easy: If personal injury claims were easy, the lawyers would be out of business. There are few things more complicated than the legal system, and most people know just enough about it to cause themselves a lot of trouble when defending themselves or bringing their own claim. Do your research, get good advice and be professional every step of the way. Wait until the money is in your bank before you celebrate.
No Evidence: You might have the most compelling, tragic, and airtight case ever. But if you can’t prove something happened, there is nothing you will be able to do about it. Evidence is critical and your biggest asset in a claim. These days with smart phones in everyone’s hands, it should be simple to take some photos. In some cases, physical evidence can be kept as well. Don’t think you are covered just because you are in the right, even your witnesses can let you down. Collect as much evidence as you can and keep it safe.
It’s bad enough you have had a personal injury. There is a whole system dedicated to making sure you can get justice. But if you are careless, you can become your own worst enemy. Damaging your own claim will add more than insult to injury. It will take away your right for compensation.