Thursday, March 19, 2009

Common Mistakes Injured People Make After an Accident

Here are three of the most common mistakes that people make after they are injured in an automobile accident. These mistakes can substantially reduce the value of your personal injury case.

1. Not seeking medical treatment for your injuries after the accident. After an accident, people often decline emergency treatment or ambulance services, thinking that their injuries are not serious enough to warrant emergency care. Within a few days, however, the person’s symptoms are severe. If you are injured at all in an auto accident, seek the medical treatment you need. Don’t wait until your symptoms become unbearable to get medical care. From the perspective of the insurance company, if you wait an extended length of time to receive medical treatment, you probably weren’t hurt very badly in the accident.

2. Telling the insurance company that you are not seriously injured. After being involved in a car crash, many people do not immediately experience any pain, due in part to adrenaline and other factors. It is very common for neck and back symptoms to appear 24 hours or more after an accident. Some serious symptoms may not appear for several days or longer following a crash. Insurance company representatives often try to get a statement from you immediately after the crash. It is a mistake to tell the adjuster that you’re not injured until you know the full extent of your injuries. It can sometimes take weeks or months to determine the full extent of your injuries. There is nothing wrong with telling the insurance company representative that you don’t know the full extent of your injuries yet.

Your insurance company or the insurance company for the other driver may ask you to give a recorded statement at some point after your accident. If you do not already have a personal injury attorney at this point in time, you should seriously consider scheduling a consultation.

3. Withholding information from your lawyer. People who are injured in a car accident sometimes fail to disclose important information to their lawyer. This is always a bad idea. No matter what the facts may be, they can be dealt with. It is our job as lawyers to deal with the facts. Don’t worry about whether certain facts help or hurt your case. Our job is to take all of the facts and objectively assess the strengths and weaknesses of your case. Whatever your situation, we’ve seen it before and know how to deal with it. Simply be honest with us. Nothing is worse for your case than to withhold information from us, only to have the other side find out the information before we know about it. Honesty is always the best policy.

If you’ve been injured in an automobile accident and you want to speak with a personal injury lawyer, call Meuser & Associates at 877-746-5680 or click here to send us an email to schedule a free consultation.

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