When you need to seek financial compensation for a car accident, mistakes can be incredibly costly. They can delay your financial recovery, they can reduce the amount of your financial recovery, and in some cases, they can prevent you from securing financial compensation entirely. You need to be smart about protecting your legal rights, and you need to know what not to do in order to maximize your financial recovery. Here are some tips from our Columbus personal injury lawyers:
Do NOT Ignore Your Symptoms
If you are experiencing any symptoms as a result of your car accident, you should see a doctor promptly. Delaying treatment could prolong your physical recovery and make it more difficult to secure insurance coverage.
Do NOT Ignore Your Doctor’s Advice
Once you see a doctor, you need to follow your doctor’s advice (or seek a second opinion if necessary). Fill your prescriptions, attend your follow-up appointments, stay home from work, go to physical therapy and do anything else your doctor recommends.
Do NOT Give Unnecessary Information to Your Insurance Company
While you should report the accident to your insurance company, you should not give your insurance company any unnecessary information. Don’t give a recorded statement, and don’t guess if you don’t know the answers to any questions.
Do Not Assume You (Or Someone Else) was At Fault
No matter what happened, you should not assume that you (or someone else) were at fault. Determining fault requires a thorough investigation, and you will need to hire a Columbus personal injury lawyer to collect evidence of liability.
Do NOT Post about the Accident on Social Media
At this point, you should not share any photos or information about the accident on social media. If you do, the insurance companies may be able to use your posts against you.
Do NOT Underestimate the Costs of the Accident
From medical bills to lost earning capacity, car accidents can be incredibly expensive. They can cause emotional trauma, pain and suffering, and other non-financial losses as well. If you have been seriously injured, you cannot afford to underestimate the costs of the accident. If you do, you won’t receive the full compensation you deserve.
Do NOT Try to Handle Your Situation on Your Own
Given all of the various challenges involved in securing just compensation for a car accident, you should not try to handle your situation on your own. You can hire a Columbus personal injury lawyer to help you, and you can do so at no out-of-pocket cost.
Talk to a Lawyer at Malek and Malek for Free
Do you need to seek financial compensation for a car accident in Ohio? If so, we can help make sure you receive the full compensation you deserve. To discuss your claim with one of our experienced Columbus personal injury lawyers in confidence, call 888-444-7440 or request a free consultation online now.