The Do’s and Don’ts of Filing a Personal Injury Claim After a Car Accident
Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic experience that can leave you with serious injuries and financial losses. In such a situation, filing a personal injury claim can help you recover the losses you experienced as a result of the accident. However, the process of filing a personal injury claim can be complex and overwhelming, especially if you are not familiar with the legal procedures. In this blog, we will discuss the dos and don’ts of filing a personal injury claim after a car accident.
Things You Should Do
Seek Medical Attention
Your first order of business after a car accident is to seek medical attention. Even if you feel fine, it is essential to get checked by a medical professional since some injuries may not be immediately apparent. Additionally, it is important to obtain medical records of your injuries so you can establish the extent of your losses.
Contact an Attorney
Contact an experienced car accident attorney who can guide you through the legal procedures and help you negotiate a fair settlement. An attorney can also help you avoid common mistakes that can jeopardize your claim.
Collecting evidence is crucial when filing a personal injury claim. If possible, take some photos of the accident scene, the injuries you suffered, and damage to your vehicle. If there was anyone who witnessed the accident, obtain their contact information.
You should keep records of all expenses related to the accident, such as medical bills, lost wages, and car repairs. These records will help you calculate the total amount of damages you have suffered.
Things You Should Not Do
You should never admit fault or apologize to the other party for the accident, even if you think you may have been at fault. Admitting fault can be used against you in court and it may jeopardize your claim.
Accept a Settlement Offer
Do not accept a settlement offer without consulting with an attorney. Insurance companies may offer a low settlement amount that may not cover the full extent of your damages.
Delay Filing the Claim
Do not delay filing the claim. All states have a statute of limitations, which means you have a limited amount of time to file the claim. Failing to file the claim within the specified time frame can result in your claim being dismissed. Florida recently changed the statute of limitations for most personal injury claims. Car crashes that occurred prior to March 24, 2023 will have four-year deadline from the date of the accident. Crashes that occurred after that date will only have a two-year deadline.
Post About the Accident on Social Media
Avoid posting anything about the accident on social media, as it can be used against you in court. Insurance companies and defense attorneys can use your posts to argue that your injuries are not as severe as you claim.
Speak to an Attorney About What to Do and What Not to Do When Filing for Damages
In conclusion, filing a personal injury claim after a car accident can be daunting, but following the do’s and don’ts mentioned above can help you avoid common mistakes and increase your chances of a successful claim. Remember to seek medical attention, collect evidence, and consult with an attorney from The Umansky Law Firm to maximize your chances of receiving fair compensation for your damages.