When getting into an accident, you aren’t thinking clearly due to adrenaline coursing through your body. You’re just going from point A to point B and accidents are never something you expect when walking out of your house.
There are certain actions you take or thoughts you may have that can harm your chances of your personal injury claim being approved. Because of that, we have some tips for you to consider when going through the process of your personal injury claim after the accident itself. Let’s take a look at them now, shall we?
Tips to Consider After a Personal Injury Accident
- The insurance company is NOT on your side. They will want to pay you as little as possible or even nothing at all. They will do their best to use your words against you and will try to bind you into saying something other than what you originally told them. The more “lies” they catch you in, the more reasons they feel they will have to refuse your claim. It is good to remember that they are not on your side.
- What you say can come back to bite you. When speaking to the insurance company, they will try to trip you up. You may not remember everything you say to them and they know this very well when speaking to you again. Because of that, they will try to get you to agree to things you do not remember saying. What you say in these discussions can come back to bite you, so make sure you have a lawyer with you at all times when speaking to the insurance company.
- Follow up with your doctors. It is always a good idea to make follow-up appointments with doctors after you leave the hospital. Just because you are allowed to leave the ER and they say you are okay enough to leave does not mean you are okay. If the doctor tells you to check in with them after a certain period of time, it is always a good idea to do so. You may have an underlying issue they weren’t able to catch at first. Give yourself some time to heal from the accident completely before going back to work.
- Get as many photos of the accident scene as you can. You can give these photos to your lawyer for evidence in your personal injury case. You should also give the photos to the insurance company so they can see what happened during the accident. The more evidence you have on your side, the better the chance you have of your personal injury claim being approved.
- Keep all paperwork and contact info for witnesses. You should keep any paperwork you receive, especially from the medical professional you see after the accident. These should be given to your lawyer as evidence for filing the personal injury claim against the other driver’s insurance company. You should also keep all contact information from witnesses of the accident so you can give this information to the lawyer. The lawyer will want to talk to the witnesses to compile as much evidence for your case as possible.