After a car accident, it's critical to take immediate action to protect your legal rights. Even the smallest mistake could jeopardize your ability to collect financial compensation.
At Hernandez Redden Sunosky, LLP, we don't want you to jeopardize your claim and lose out on money you deserve. The following is a list of mistakes to avoid after a car wreck.
Mistake No. 1: Not Calling the Police
After an accident, always call the police, even if no one appears hurts. A police report documents the nature and events of the accident. This can be critically important if you start showing signs of an injury later. The police report can help establish a timeline that links the accident to any injuries that have a delayed onset, such as whiplash or a concussion.
Mistake No. 2: Not Getting Immediate Medical Treatment
It's important to be evaluated by a doctor after a car accident, even if you think you aren't injured. Some injuries may not surface immediately and quickly deteriorate to a potentially life-threatening condition. What could be a simple bruise may indicate damage to organs that need immediate medical attention.
Being evaluated by a doctor immediately after an accident can help preserve your health. It can also help preserve your legal claim. The medical conditions recorded in the medical records will be essential evidence if you need to file a legal claim in the future. If it's not documented, the insurance company will argue it didn't happen.
Mistake No. 3: Talking to the Insurance Adjuster Before Talking with an Attorney
Insurance adjusters are not your friend. They are highly trained and highly skilled professionals whose job is to resolve your claim for the lowest amount possible. They will appear friendly and sympathetic, but they are skillfully trying to extract statements from you that you were not injured or the accident was your fault. Talk with a personal injury attorney first. The attorney will review your case and discuss your legal options with you.
Mistake No. 4: Talking About the Accident with Others
After an accident, don't discuss the accident with friends and co-workers. Also, never post anything about the accident on social media. Social media is a great tool to connect with family and friends, and the insurance companies know it. They will search for evidence that you are not as injured as you claim. For example, if you claim you suffered from a back injury, and someone posts a picture of you playing basketball on Facebook or Instagram during your recovery period, that will likely be used against you. Don't give the insurance companies the ammunition to deny or diminish your injury claim.
Mistake No. 5: Taking the First Settlement Offer
Insurance companies will work quick to settle your claim on the cheap. Don't be surprised if an insurance adjuster makes a settlement offer within hours after the accident. They want to settle with you before you fully understand the impact of your injuries. They also want to quickly settle before you hire an attorney. Insurance companies know any payout will likely be more if an attorney is involved. Keep in mind, you can only settle once. Talk to an experienced personal injury attorney for advice.
Contact Hernandez Redden Sunosky, LLP for Help.
The top-rated Houston, TX attorneys at Hernandez Redden Sunosky, LLP represent injured people throughout Texas. If you were hurt in a car accident, get experience on your side. Call (713) 981-4100 24/7 for a FREE, no obligation consultation. If we don't recover money for you, you don't pay a dime.