If you are injured in an accident that was caused by another party’s negligence or recklessness, those injuries not only have an impact on your physical and emotional wellbeing, but they can also have a significant impact on your financial well-being, as well. If you are unable to work while you recover, you may have used up all your sick and vacation time and have no income coming in, all while the medical bills pile up with all the treatment you need for those injuries.
Fortunately, accident victims caused by other parties are entitled to pursue legal action against those parties for financial compensation for all the losses they have sustained. However, when you are involved in a personal injury claim or lawsuit, there are critical acts you want to make sure you avoid since they can have a negative effect on your case.
It is not uncommon for accident victims to not realize they have been injured right away or think their injuries are only minor ones because they are not really showing signs of injuries. This delay in symptoms can actually be dangerous, especially with injuries such as brain trauma or internal injuries. By the time symptoms do begin to appear, the victim can be in serious medical trouble. This is one reason why all victims should seek out medical assistance immediately following the accident.
Another important reason to see a doctor right after an accident is that you will need this information for any personal injury claim you may file. Medical reports can confirm that you not only have been injured but when and how those injuries occurred. Waiting to see a doctor for days or even weeks after the accident can give the insurance company fodder to accuse you of lying about how you were injured or even that you were injured at all.
One of the biggest mistakes accident victims make is speaking to the at-fault party’s insurance company before they have consulted with a personal injury lawyer. Insurance companies are in business to make a profit and any claims they pay out cuts into that profit. It is the insurance adjustor’s job to minimize claim payouts or deny whenever possible, even if the victim has a legitimate claim.
When a victim speaks to an insurance adjustor, they often do not realize that adjuster has been trained to manipulate conversations and questions to get the victim to say something that can be used against them. Something as seemingly innocent as saying you are sorry the accident occurred can be used as evidence that you are admitting fault for the incident, even if that isn’t what you meant. And since all conversations are recorded, it can be difficult to dispute the insurance company’s accusations.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by another party, you may be entitled to financial compensation. To learn more, call an experienced attorney, like a Des Moines, IA personal injury lawyer from a law firm like Des Moines Injury Law.
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