After being injured, there are a lot of different things going through your mind. You are probably worried about how you are going to work, what the extent of your injuries are and how you are going to deal with the recovery recommendations. As stressful as it might be, you want to make sure you do everything you are supposed to for your injuries. Otherwise, you could end up jeopardizing your injury claim. Here are three common mistakes people often make and how you can avoid them.
Not calling the police department.
Anytime you are injured, especially when injured in an auto accident, you need to make sure you call the police and have a report filed. Not calling the police makes it difficult to prove innocence or guilt. With nothing on file, you have nothing to back you up. You need to make sure you tell your story to the investigating officer to establish liability. It also helps when it comes time to negotiate with the insurance provider.
Not getting witness information.
If the witnesses stay there until the police arrive, this isn't necessarily a problem. However, it could be quite detrimental to your claim if they take off before the officer has a chance to get their story and contact information. If someone has to go and cannot stay, make sure you get their name, address and contact number to give to the officer. All parties involved should exchange contact information to prevent any confusion or delays in filing your claim.
Speaking with the insurance claim without having your attorney present.
Oftentimes, people don't think it is any big deal to talk with the insurance company without having their lawyer there. That is the farthest thing from the truth. Your attorney will make sure that you don't end up answering questions that they could try to twist and use against you. Your best bet is to always make sure you have an attorney there and ready to step in if needed. This will make sure you aren't taken advantage of and the insurance company doesn't try to twist what you say around.
By not making one of the three mistakes above, you can make sure you get through your case quickly and easily. It won't be long before you have the cash you need in hand to cover your lost wages, medical bills and anything else that comes along. To learn more, contact a personal injury attorney like Starnes Rob P. LLC, Attorney At Law.