If you have suffered injuries from the negligent actions of another, you may be entitled to compensation. However, you cannot sit back and fold your hands, waiting to be compensated. You must file a personal injury claim.
That said, there are certain mistakes you should avoid. Otherwise, it may be difficult to claim the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Here are three of the most common errors many make:
1. Failing to seek medical attention
You may need to prove that your injuries arose from the other party’s negligence and that they were not preexisting. It can be hard to do this without a formal medical report. Therefore, you should see a doctor even if your injuries were minor. Their report can show the nature and extent of your injuries which is crucial in arriving at a settlement figure.
2. Waiting too long
If you wait too long, two things can happen. First, you may lose crucial evidence, such as witness testimony or video footage that would have helped your claim. Secondly, you might be legally time-barred under the legal doctrine of the statute of limitations. You may no longer have the option of going to court should you need to escalate matters.
3. Rushing to settle your claim
Accepting a quick settlement offer may seem convenient, but it is not advisable. You need to have a full scope of your damages before accepting an offer to settle. In most cases, an initial offer made by the insurer is usually less than the actual value of your claim. Do not settle for less than you deserve.
Finally, you should consider reaching out for assistance in handling your personal injury claim. Having the proper presentation during settlement negotiations or in a lawsuit can make a huge difference to your results.