The hours and days after a vehicle crash are undeniably challenging and are a prime time for injury victims to unintentionally make poor decisions.
If you’ve recently suffered harm in a crash any potential missteps that you make could affect your ability to secure the full amount of compensation to which you’re rightfully entitled. Here are three common errors to be wary of.
1. Saying too much to the wrong people
The other party’s insurer will look for ways to reduce how much compensation they must pay you. Tactics could include calling you and trying to record you saying something that a court could perceive as you admitting fault. Or scouring your social media for posts or comments that suggest your injuries are not as bad as you or a doctor claim. They might even send a private investigator to follow you around.
2. Underestimating the cost of your injuries
One of the most urgent things you should do after a crash is to get a full medical check-up. This rule of thumb applies even if you feel and look fine. Some potentially life-threatening injuries will not make themselves known straight away. Examples of “silent” harm include a damaged spine, an internal bleed or a traumatic brain injury.
A medical check can root potentially dangerous conditions and allow you to get treatment for them. Detailing everything in a medical report also enables you to claim compensation for all the costs you can expect, rather than just the ones you’ve already incurred.
3. Trying to handle your claim alone
Insurers will rub their hands with glee if they see that you have no legal representation, as it increases the likelihood that they will get away with underpaying your injury claim. To avoid this particular challenge, seek legal guidance as soon as you can.