The steps you take after a car accident directly affect the claims process and your potential for compensation. Making mistakes in the aftermath of the accident can lead to reduced compensation or denial. For those unfamiliar with the process, there are common mistakes that prove costly.
Avoiding these common mistakes will help you protect the integrity of your case.
Waiting too long to file
File your claim right away after an accident. The insurance carrier may use delays to claim that your injuries occurred elsewhere.
Not seeking medical attention
When you refuse medical attention at the scene, the insurance carrier might claim that you had minimal or insignificant injuries. Seeking medical attention right away ensures documentation for your case.
Exaggerating your injuries
When answering questions about your injuries, including those in your claim, be honest and straightforward. Exaggerating the severity of your injuries jeopardizes the integrity of the claim.
Posting on social media
Anything you post on social media becomes evidence in your case. The insurance carrier can often access privately posted pictures, comments and information.
Making a recorded statement
When the claims adjuster calls you, refuse any request to make a recorded statement. Have legal representation present before making any statements to the insurance company.
Signing a release form
Signing release forms may sacrifice your right to a settlement in your case. Make sure your attorney reviews any forms before you sign to protect your rights.
These common mistakes can prove costly in any claims process. Seek treatment for your injuries to document them, be honest about your situation and rely on your attorney’s guidance before signing anything.