If you are hurt as a result of someone else’s unlawful actions, you may be entitled to financial restitution for the resulting economic and non-economic damages. However, personal injury claims can be complex, usually involving investigations, negotiations and litigation.
Litigating a personal injury claim can be an arduous process. Here are costly mistakes that you need to avoid while pursuing your claim.
Failing to seek treatment right away
When you formally begin your personal injury claim, the defendant’s insurance company will initiate its own investigation to establish the extent of your injuries before making an offer. Part of their investigation will involve determining the “seriousness” of your injuries and how they relate to the accident in question.
If there are no records of you seeking medical attention immediately following the accident, then the insurance company will likely question the validity of your claims. In failing to seek treatment, the insurance company might argue that the injuries for which you were pursuing compensation were not related to the accident in question, otherwise, you would have sought treatment immediately after the accident.
Failing to call the police to the accident scene
While this may seem obvious and necessary, documenting the scene of the accident and capturing important evidence can be problematic, especially if you are severely injured or shaken. However, Connecticut laws require that the police are called to the scene if the crash results in an injury, death or property damage. In failing to call 911, the defendant and their insurance company might dispute your claim and give the court a difficult time making a ruling in your favor.
No one hits the road looking for an accident. However, if you are involved in one, you deserve justice. Find out how you can pursue a personal injury claim if you are hurt in an accident that was not your fault.