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What Are Common Mistakes Made When Filing a Personal Injury Claim?

What Are Common Mistakes Made When Filing a Personal Injury Claim?

Accidents can occur in a split second with no prior warning, and therefore, you may very well be unprepared for the filing process. In many cases, you will be left with expensive medical bills and little understanding of what to do next. Therefore, the steps you take after an accident, whether from a vehicle crash or another act of negligence, are important.

As you file a claim to pursue compensation for a personal injury case, it is important to understand the proper way to file a claim and some of the most avoidable, yet common, mistakes. By knowing what the most common types of mistakes are, you will be better set up for a successful outcome.

Most Common Mistakes to Avoid

  • Not documenting your injuries/accidents – So that the details are fresh in your mind, you should clearly document how the accident occurred at your earliest chance. You can also keep a journal of any pains / discomforts that have occurred as a result of the accident.
  • Not taking pictures to preserve the physical evidence – If you have the opportunity, it is important to preserve any physical evidence at the scene of the accident, especially with photographs of the accident. Without such evidence, proving liability can be difficult.
  • Being too hasty to sign a settlement – After signing a settlement, your case is essentially closed. It is important not to sign a settlement until you reach that agreement with your lawyer, especially if you are still receiving treatment for your injuries.
  • Being dishonest with any part of your accident or injuries – You can often jeopardize your case if you are dishonest in the slightest with any aspect of your case. In truth, you never know what facts may actually help your claim.
  • Hide information from your attorney - Hiding past injuries or accidents from your attorney will only restrict him or her from properly helping you. Although you should not discuss your case with anyone except an attorney, do not leave any information out. Your lawyer is there to help you fight, and hiding information can only hurt you in the long run.

Legal Assistance Filing Your Connecticut Personal Injury Claim

Pursuing a personal injury claim, especially when done correctly, is the best step that you can take for yourself and your future after an accident. But we encourage you not to take this step on your own and we want to make sure you are fully prepared.

By working with a reputable and experienced Hamden personal injury attorney, you can maximize your chance of receiving the compensation you deserve. At Settle & Parnoff, PC, we have more than 65 years of combined experience handling a wide range of cases for our clients. We begin each case with a free evaluation to help potential clients evaluate all of their options and know what their next step should be. If this is a situation you are, contact our firm today!


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