It's bad enough to be injured by a careless driver, but you can actually make things worse if you fall prey to some common myths about personal injury claims. You can get compensated, but only if you follow the rules and know your rights. One of the biggest myths when it comes to accidents is that the other guy's insurance carrier will take good care of you and compensate you for your damages. Read on to learn about a couple of other common myths that might have you leaving money on the table.
You are an honest and forthright person with nothing to hide. While that may be true and very commendable, that doesn't mean that you should just say anything to anybody. Keeping your own council after a car wreck is far better for your case. There is no need to tell lies when you refuse to say anything at all to the insurance adjuster for the other side.
At some point after the wreck, you are almost certain to be hearing from them, and their attitude about the accident is far different from your honest one. These adjusters perform these recorded interviews with one goal in mind: to get you to say something that compromises your case in some way. This is what to keep in mind:
1. Don't be misled by the offer of a nice check once you agree to be interviewed.
You are not required to be interviewed by the adjuster for the other side, regardless of what they may tell you.
2. They are not interested in the truth; they are all about trying to cast a percentage of the blame for the wreck on you, which lessens their own liability and thus the amount they have to pay out.
3. You may be required to speak to an adjuster for your insurance carrier, but do so only with the support of a personal injury attorney.
You feel that your injuries are just too minor to make a big fuss about. Unfortunately, you may not be in the best position to judge your level of injury, particularly if you refused to get medical treatment. No matter how minor you might think your injuries are, seek another opinion and see your doctor or go to the emergency room or urgent care after an accident. Only a professional is qualified to evaluate you and your injuries for seriousness.
What might look minor can sometimes get worse, particularly when it comes to head injuries and other "hidden" injuries. Don't fail to seek care and then try to to get damages; you must be able to show that you had medical treatment to file a personal injury suit.
Contact a personal injury law office like Bradfield Injury Law Firm, PC for guidance on prevailing over these myths and getting the compensation you need and deserve.