It is a common practice among insurance companies to take advantage of accident victims’ inexperience with the personal injury claims process in order to minimize the amount of compensation they are obligated to pay out. Over the years, a California personal injury attorney has noticed three common mistakes made by accident victims: giving a recorded statement to the negligent party’s insurance adjuster, failing to seek immediate medical attention to have injuries diagnosed, and neglecting the advice and treatment recommendations of doctors.
All three of these mistakes have the potential to jeopardize the amount of compensation an accident victim receives-and, in many instances, have led insurance companies to litigate cases that otherwise could have been settled outside of the courtroom. A recorded statement is simply not necessary and many times prejudices the accident victim’s claim rights because the questioning was done before he or she understood the accident, injuries, and damages. An innocent response like “I think I am okay” could be blown out of proportion when it turns out the accident victim is actually more seriously hurt than he or she initially thought. Immediately visiting a doctor after the accident provides the opportunity to have injuries documented, thereby negating the possibility that injuries were not sustained in the accident. Neglecting treatment may serve as an indication to the insurance company that the accident victim is not as injured as he or she claims to be.
In response to the frequency with which these three mistakes are made, a California personal injury attorney recorded a video, in which he discusses the proper steps to take after an accident-as well as the ones to avoid.
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