The Law Offices of Flint & Crawford
Exploring the Ins and Outs of Personal Injuries
Being in any type of car accident can be devastating. No one ever expects it to happen to them. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t going to. What might start off as a drive around town could leave you severely injured and struggling to recover.
To help you along the way, here are a few tips to ensure you don’t get taken advantage of in your injury claim.
Know what the statute of limitations is for your particular injury.
Depending on what type of injury case you are dealing with, the amount of time you have to pursue damages is going to vary. While one type of case might have a 10-year timeframe, another might only have three.
The US has fairly strict statute of limitations, while other countries, like India or example, do not of statutes of limitations for car accident injury cases.
The key is knowing how long you have to file for compensation for your injuries to make sure you don’t end up missing out on an opportunity to pursue damages for your injuries. You don’t want to wait until the last minute to file either.
Waiting too long could make it where you don’t get all of the paperwork and necessary documentation together in time. You are better off filing your case as soon as you can to ensure you don’t lose out on money that you rightfully deserve.
This is why it is so important to have a legal professional working on your side. They can go over the statute of limitations with you to ensure you end up with the settlement you desire.
Make sure you follow what the doctor recommends.
If your doctor tells you that you need to go to physical therapy three times per week for the next three months, you need to make sure you are there. By cancelling appointments or showing up late, it makes it look like you don’t care about your recovery. It also makes it look like your injuries aren’t that bad to begin with. Make sure you arrive on time for each and every appointment your doctor schedules for you.
Follow-up appointments are crucial to the recovery process. Missing an appointment could end up causing you to delay your recovery. If something changed from the last appointment, you need to know about it as soon as possible. Putting off an appointment for a week or two could cause the issue to become worse. You need to go in and get checked up and follow through with everything your doctor says. Don’t assume that you are fine and you can do it on your own. Recovering from an accident takes time and cooperation on your part.
Avoid talking to anyone about your accident.
After being in an accident, it is only human nature to want to talk about it with anyone you come in contact with. However, that could be one of the worst mistakes you make. You never know who might be standing around and listening to your conversation. Even though you think you might be talking with your friend, someone who works with the insurance company could be right around the corner listening to what you have to say.
If someone overhears you say that you are feeling better or your injuries weren’t that bad to begin with, they could end up taking that information back to the insurance company. Once the insurance company gets that information, your whole case could end up being thrown out. This is the last thing you want. The best thing you can do is refrain from talking about specifics of the accident with anyone except your attorney. This way you know you are protected and nothing can be misconstrued. Once the case is over and you have your settlement, then things are different. Until then, silence is the key to success.
Don’t give a statement when on pain medication.
Insurance companies will often try to get you to give them a statement about the accident. The last thing you want to do is to give a statement to anyone, especially when you are still on pain medication. Pain medication can alter your way of thinking and cause you to struggle to remember what happened or what you are even saying to the insurance company.
Wait until your attorney is with you to speak to anyone from the insurance company. This way the attorney can tell you what to answer and what you shouldn’t answer. If your attorney feels that it is in your best interest not to answer a question, they will let you know. Their goal is to protect your best interest at all times. If the insurance company calls you and starts asking you questions, simply tell them that you aren’t willing to speak without your attorney being present.
Don’t forget to claim everything you can in your case.
Personal injury cases can be confusing and overwhelming. Many people end up neglecting to claim a number of different things in their case. Oftentimes, this is because they don’t realize that they are eligible to claim things like prescription costs, mileage to and from the pharmacy and doctor office, special equipment purchases to aid in your recovery and much more. All of these things can easily be added to your injury case and increase the amount of your payout. There is no reason why you shouldn’t be compensated for all of the extras stemming from your personal injury.
You want to keep detailed records of anything and everything you have to spend during your recovery. All of these receipts will come in handy when it comes time to go after the insurance company. Keep logs of what days your appointments were and how many miles it was to and from the appointment. Even the smallest of things can make a big difference in how much money you are going to receive. Your attorney can go through and determine what you can claim and what you can’t. You are better off giving them too much information than you are shorting yourself in the end.
Regardless of what your situation might be, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. Spend some time going over everything with a licensed attorney to help you understand what it is that you are dealing with and what you need to do in your case. They will walk you through everything and make sure you don’t end up getting shorted on the amount of money you receive. Even though it can be a long and tiring process, it will all be worth it in the end when you receive your settlement.