Personal Injury Mistakes to Avoid

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April 1, 2018
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Personal Injury Mistakes to Avoid

Injured man and his wife meet with a personal injury lawyer.

At the law office of Matthew Jube, our experienced attorneys are here to protect you in case of a personal injury situation. Whether it’s a car accident or some other issue caused by someone else’s negligence, we can get you the treatment and compensation you deserve.
Some people make a few mistakes that damage their case before they ever see a personal injury lawyer, however. Let’s go over a few of these mistakes, plus how you can avoid them if this unfortunate circumstance ever happens to you.

Immediate Aftermath

The minutes and hours that immediately follow any accident where a personal injury case might result are absolutely vital. As long as you aren’t incapacitated, there are a few important areas to consider.

For one, never leave the scene too quickly. Stick around to collect all important documents, plus things like pictures from the scene and witness information. If police arrive, you’ll need to speak to them. In many auto accident situations, leaving the scene too quickly can be viewed as a hit-and-run even if you weren’t at fault for the accident.
In addition, if you sustain any injuries, see a doctor right away no matter what. Certain injuries might have delayed symptoms, and seeing a doctor is a great form of documentation that you might need down the line.

Documentation

As we noted above, documenting everything possible is important. Keep all medical invoices, drug receipts, records of lost wages, and any communication between you and your insurance company. Document all specific pain symptoms. Keep all your documents in order.

First Offer

In some cases, an insurance company or defendant will try to present an initial offer as a great deal, and may pressure you to accept right away. In most cases, you shouldn’t be in any ruse – these first offers tend to be lowballs, and you can usually do better.

Personal Injury Attorney

Finally, a failure to hire a personal injury lawyer is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Our attorneys are trained to spot any discrepancies you might encounter, such as lowball offers or impropriety from defendants.

For more on correctly handling a personal injury case, or for any of our other attorney services, speak to the staff at the offices of Matthew Jube today.