Nobody wants to sustain an injury, particularly one that is caused by another person’s careless or negligent actions. If you are involved in a personal injury claim, the team at the Dan Doyle Law Group wants you to be aware of things they could harm your case and your ability to recover compensation. Here, our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys want to explain some common traps that people fall into in these cases.
Personal injuries happen in a variety of ways, and securing compensation can be incredibly complex. There are various phases of a personal injury claim. In many cases, these cases are settled through insurance carriers. However, there are times when personal injury lawsuits must be filed to recover full compensation. There are several mistakes personal injury victims make that can jeopardize their compensation.
It is vital that any personal injury victim seek medical attention for their injuries. There are many reasons that people decide not to seek medical attention. A victim may not think they were seriously injured. They may think they cannot afford medical care. However, an insurance carrier will use a victim’s lack of medical care for their injury as evidence against them. If there are no medical expenses, how can there be a settlement?
It is vital that you call the police or report an injury to appropriate authorities as soon as it occurs. If possible, a victim should secure as much evidence from the scene that they can. This can include photos, the names and contact information for eyewitnesses, accident reports, and more. All of this can be used as evidence to back up your claim and recover compensation.
Recorded statements are a trap laid by the insurance carrier. Insurance adjusters often call an injured victim shortly after an accident occurs saying they need a little bit of information before they can process the claim. They may say that you have to give a recorded statement about the facts of the accident. In reality, the insurance adjuster will use anything you say against you to lower your settlement. An insurance adjuster may also tell you that you have to sign a medical authorization form to release your records. This is not true, and doing so may give them access to your previous medical history that could be used against you.
There is no harm in seeking a free consultation from a personal injury lawyer. In most cases, a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer will take your case on a contingency fee basis which means you only pay legal fees after compensation is secured for your injuries.
If you or somebody you care about has been injured due to the careless or reckless actions of another person, you may be entitled to compensation. At the Dan Doyle Law Group, we are dedicated to helping victims secure maximum compensation for their claims. This can include: