If you or a family member has been injured in an auto accident or any other type of vehicle accident, you really need to stay on your toes. You can easily damage your chances of collecting compensation on a claim by waiting too long to file your claim or saying the wrong thing to the wrong person.
Here's a heads-up on what not to do in the event of an accident:
Don't Wait Too Long To File Your Claim
First of all, many individuals who have been injured in a car accident delay getting medical treatment. You may believe that your injuries are minor, but sometimes symptoms don't appear right away or can worsen with time. Go to the emergency room immediately after an accident or visit your own doctor within a few days.
You should also consult with an attorney experienced in personal injury cases. The right attorney will investigate the accident and work hard on your case to get you the compensation you deserve.
Importantly, any claim must be filed within a certain period of time, called the statute of limitations. Generally, in Florida this period is between 1 and 3 years beginning on the day of the accident. If you miss the filing deadline, you won't have a case at all.
Be Very Careful of What You Say
One of the worst things you can do to damage any case is to say too much or say the wrong thing to others involved such as the other driver, an insurance company or the police:
- Don't admit that you are at fault.
- Don't say that you feel okay.
- Don't give out any more information than required.
- Don't post anything about your accident on social media including status updates and photos. Insurance companies and opposing attorneys will gain access to your sites and use this information against you.
- Don't give a statement to an insurance company or adjuster.
Don't Accept a Settlement Too Soon
Insurance companies often offer a settlement that appears to cover all medical expenses, property damage and lost wages. But The Francis Law Group's experience shows that an early settlement offer doesn't take into account additional damages that you may face. The full extent of your injuries may not be apparent for some time.
Here's the bad news: Once you've accepted a settlement in a personal injury claim, you can never go back for additional compensation no matter what the reason. You've signed away your legal rights in the case.
Get the compensation you and your family deserve by working with an attorney qualified in Florida personal injury cases.
Let Us Help You with your Personal Injury Claim
If you or a family member has been injured in an auto accident or has experienced another type of personal injury, you may be able to get compensation for your injuries. Please call us for a free consultation. Attorney Tony Francis, personal injury attorney at The Francis Law Group in Orlando, will fight to get you the compensation that you and your family deserve. You can reach us at 407-363-9939 or contact us via the website.