A personal injury can occur at a business, somewhere public, or in a car accident when someone else was negligent and caused the injury. When this occurs, you should hire an attorney to help you fight for your rights and to help you get compensation for your injuries. There are mistakes you could make along the way that may hinder your compensation or cause you to not get compensated at all. Read on for some of these mistakes and what you should do instead.
Admitting Your Own Fault
Negligence could be from any number of things, such as from a spill, failing to follow safety procedures, or from someone's poor driving. You may just be in the wrong place at the wrong time, but that doesn't make the incident your fault. It's an accident, but that doesn't mean you should be held responsible. Don't say that the incident was your fault when it wasn't. Admitting fault could hinder your compensation and leave the other party not having to pay for any damages or injury you incurred as a result of their negligence. Don't admit fault or apologize for the incident.
Signing a Settlement
In most injury cases, the other party's attorney or insurance company will usually try to get you to sign a settlement offer. The offer usually states that you cannot sue them later if you accept the offer. The offer is usually small and may not cover all of your expenses, some of which you may not have even incurred just yet. You may have medical bills for months to come, and the offer may not be enough to cover those expenses. Don't sign a settlement offer until you have discussed the matter with your own attorney.
Navigating the Process Alone
A settlement or any other part of the personal injury can get complicated and shouldn't be attempted to navigate on your own. Hiring a personal injury attorney to help you wade through the process and the endless amount of paperwork and bills you will be receiving is a good idea. You could get confused by what you're signing or confused by what is a part of the injury case. Hire an attorney instead to help you through all of this.
Don't make the above mistakes if you've been injured in an accident. Call to make an appointment today with an attorney who specializes in personal injury cases to get the compensation you deserve.