There are many mistakes that you can make that might ruin your personal injury case. However, here are some of the most common mistakes that you do NOT want to make after an injury accident.
#1 Don’t Lie to the Insurance Company or Your Attorney
After an accident, the insurance company will call and try to get information from you about how the accident happened. You should never lie about how it occurred just because you want to get money.
For example, let’s say that their insurance company calls and asks what caused the accident. If they ask if there was any drinking involved, don’t lie by saying no, so you can get more money in your settlement. When they find out later on down the road through other methods (i.e., talking with witnesses or looking at the police report), this will hurt your personal injury case.
#2 Don’t Speak to An Insurance Adjuster
When speaking with the insurance company, it is important to remember that they are not on your side. They will want you to talk to them and give them “your side of the story.” Don’t speak with them until you’ve spoken to an experienced personal injury lawyer. Even something that doesn’t seem important to you can get twisted and used against you.
For example, you might mention that you already had a bad back, and now it is worse. The insurance adjuster might them look to reduce your claim based on a preexisting injury.
Never give a recorded statement and never sign permission to view your medical records without discussing this with your attorney. Your personal injury attorney knows the tricks and tactics insurance adjusters use. They can help you avoid making serious mistakes that could jeopardize your case.
#3 Don’t Sign Anything
Remember that old saying, “If it looks too good to be true, then it probably is?” That goes for dealing with insurance companies after an accident as well. Don’t sign anything until your personal injury attorney reviews them first. Accepting an initial settlement offer is almost always a mistake. This is typically their lowest offer, and it is often not enough to pay for all the damages you suffered. Your attorney can review your case and make sure any settlement you agree to covers ALL your damages and expenses, both now and in the future.
Contact Our Colorado Springs Car Accident Law Firm Today
Did you or someone you love get injured in an accident in Colorado Springs? Is the insurance company giving you the runaround? If so, we can be there to help! Contact the Green Law Firm, P.C. today by calling (719) 694-8515, or by filling out the contact form on this page, to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation and discuss your case.