Car Accident Personal Injury Claim Mistakes to Avoid
None of us leave home expecting to be involved in an accident but unfortunately, even if you follow proper traffic laws, someone else’s negligence can still result in you being involved in a car accident that leaves you injured. Your first concern if you find yourself involved in one of the hundreds of thousands of accidents that occur annually in the Sunshine State should always be obtaining medical treatment and taking care of your health. Next, you should contemplate pursuing a claim to hold the responsible parties accountable and help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. That also involves thinking about how to avoid any mistakes that could be made during this critical time that could be damaging to your ability to recover.
Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Accident Include:
- Waiting to Obtain Medical Help. Accident victims sometimes hesitate to obtain medical help because they assume their injuries are minor or otherwise feel that going to the doctor would be inconvenient. However, this mistake can have serious implications. In addition to the fact that your injuries may actually be more severe than you thought and worsen without treatment, it is also increasingly challenging to prove those injuries occurred due to the accident the longer you wait. Waiting too long can prevent you from being able to pursue a claim entirely.
- Posting Something Questionable on Social Media. It is much easier than many people think to post something online that seems completely innocent but can actually be damaging to a personal injury claim. Just a picture showing you throwing a ball with your child or a post about how great you are feeling can discredit your account of the severity of your injuries. For these reasons, it is best to refrain from using social media as much as possible and you should even consider avoiding it altogether until your case settles.
- Taking Too Long to File a Claim. Generally speaking, under Florida law you only have four years from the date of the injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. Waiting too long to begin pursuing a personal injury claim can therefore prevent you from recovery altogether. In addition, the longer you wait to file a claim, the more difficult it will be to prove negligence and damages. For that reason, you should reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident.
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If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, you should reach out to an experienced legal team that can evaluate the circumstances of the injuries and help you understand your rights and your legal options. As the Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys at the Pendas Law Firm, you can depend on us for the help you need to proceed toward your next steps. Reach out to us today to begin.
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