Of course, we all know that mistakes happen in life. Sometimes these mistakes lead to a personal injury. However, did you know that there are things to keep in mind so that you don’t lose your claim? When an accident happens and you are hurt as a result, the clock starts ticking for you to recover your compensation from the person or person(s) responsible for your injury.
If you’ve been hurt in an accident because of someone’s negligence, you may feel overwhelmed with the process of dealing with insurance companies, doctors, and attorneys. The Ticktin Law Group can help you during this vulnerable time. However, please keep in mind these top 5 things to avoid during your personal injury claim process.
5 Things to Avoid with Your Personal Injury Claim
Delaying Medical Appointments
A personal injury claim begins the very moment you sustain an injury from an accident. The absolute first thing you should do after an accident is make sure that yourself and anyone else involved in the accident is alright. If you find that you need medical attention, it is important to make an appointment right away.
Once your medical treatment has begun, it is also important that you follow your doctor’s orders during the recovery process. You should also keep a detailed record of all medical expenses and other details, as you may be eligible for compensation for the costs incurred once a personal injury claim is filed.
Filing After the Statute of Limitations
Florida’s statute of limitations
allows you four years from the date of the injury to file a personal injury claim. It is imperative that you file your claim as soon as possible in order to make sure you have the best chance at recovering compensation. To avoid missing your window to file, contact the personal injury lawyers at The Ticktin Law Group and have them help you start filing your claim before it’s too late.
Do Not Give Inaccurate Medical History
Be honest and disclose any pre-existing conditions or disabilities that you have - incase something was aggravated. If you do not do this, the defendant may attempt to use this information against you in court. That can affect your compensation. So, just be honest when reporting your injuries and medical history.
Do Not Accept the First Offer
The other driver insurance company may try to offer you an immediate settlement to avoid drawing out your claim. This may seem like an easy option. However, for those looking to avoid a potential court case, many insurance companies will attempt to lowball you the cost of your pain. They may not take all damages into account.
Do Not Represent Yourself
You should always have an attorney on retainer before attempting to speak to the defendant’s insurance company. Also, you should prepare to stand your ground and defend your rights as an injured person. Your suffering due to an injury from the actions of someone else can be a life-changing experience. Everything from changes in your work ability, having costly medical expenses, and suffering from pain, seeking justice may seem like a daunting task.
With the help of an experienced personal injury attorney from The Ticktin Law Group, you will find that getting the compensation you deserve is easier than you think. Just contact us for a free consultation. Getting in touch with us is free and very easy. During your free consultation, an experienced attorney will go over the particulars of your case and determine whether you have a claim. To get started, schedule your free consultation by calling (561) 232-2222 or by completing our contact form here.