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5 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Car Accident Injury Case
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, the cost of ongoing medical bills, rehabilitation, and loss of income can quickly become overwhelming. For this reason, and many more, it’s important to seek the fair compensation you deserve with help from an experienced Boston car accident attorney.
In this blog, we take a look at five common mistakes people make after suffering a car accident injury. To learn more about your options, call our firm today for a free initial consultation.
1. Not Treating Your Injury Seriously
Some car accident injuries are obvious and immediate, such as broken bones and lacerations. Other issues, however, are not always immediately apparent. Whiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries – while many victims recover quickly, others are left with life-long pain and limited mobility. No matter how minor your injury may seem initially, it’s important to treat it seriously and get the proper medical attention you need.
2. Not Disclosing All of Your Injuries
When seeking medical attention for your injuries, it’s critical to disclose them all – no matter how minor they seem. As stated above, seemingly minor injuries like whiplash or a “tweaked back” may not fully manifest for days or weeks after an accident. Even a minor headache after a collision can be a sign of a concussion, which may impact you years after the crash.
3. Not Getting a Police Report
The police are commonly called when a serious collision occurs, but it is a good idea to report the accident even if it seems relatively minor. Make sure the officer at the scene actually files a report, and follow up to obtain a copy for your attorney. This is powerful evidence which can be a crucial factor in the outcome of your case.
4. Speaking With The Insurance Company Alone
Perhaps the most common mistake people make during the injury claim process is divulging too much information to the insurance company. Make no mistake – no matter how nice and caring the insurance adjuster may seem on the phone, their job is to save the company money. They will use everything and anything they can to deny or mitigate the value of your claim.
5. Giving Your Medical Records to the Insurance Company
If you submit your medical records to the insurance company without assistance from your attorney, you may have just handed them the most powerful tool they have to deny your claim. In far too many cases, insurance companies will argue that your injuries are the result of a preexisting condition.
Don’t let a simple mistake impact the outcome of your case. Call our Boston car accident attorneys today at (617) 870-0907 to learn how we can help. We proudly serve clients throughout Western Massachusetts, with offices in Boston, Methuen, and Burlington.
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