Dealing with a personal injury, regardless of how small it may seem, is a serious matter. Any injury you sustain can have a significant impact on your daily life and the effects can last you a lifetime.
If you have been injured recently and are weighing between representing yourself and hiring an attorney, it is important to understand what can happen if you handle the case yourself. Listed below are the top 3 mistakes injured claimants make when representing themselves without a lawyer.
1. The Facts of Your Claim Are Misrepresented
The three C’s of properly representing your claim:
Injured individuals may accidentally provide the court with conflicting information about the accident or fail to disclose other injuries. This could result in you missing out on damages that otherwise would have been rewarded to you.
2. Not Seeking Immediate Medical Treatment
Regardless of how insignificant your injury may seem, seek medical treatment and follow your doctor’s orders. This will help get you on track to regaining your health and it will serve as proof for your injuries.
3. The Insurance Company Obtains a Recorded Statement
An insurance adjuster may sound caring and helpful, but these individuals are trained in getting information from you which can later be used to reduce or outright deny compensation. A recorded statement given to an insurance adjuster can easily be misrepresented and be used to make it seem that you are either:
- Not injured (or not as injured as you claim to be)
- Partially or fully to blame for the accident
Insurance companies will also try to provide you with as little compensation as possible for your injuries. Your injury may end up being worse than you originally thought and it can prevent you from doing your job. It can have a significant financial and emotional impact on yourself and your family.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff, P.A. help claimants obtain the greatest award necessary to ensure that injured individuals have the opportunity to recover and provide for themselves as well as their loved ones. Our team of lawyers provide our clients with peace of mind in knowing that they have a personal injury attorney working aggressively on their behalf to ensure that you return to the best mental and physical health possible.
To arrange for a free consultation with a personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of Keith Bregoff, P.A., we invite you to call (772) 492-8967 in Vero and (772) 600-2645 in Stuart.