Filing a personal injury claim can be stressful and confusing. A simple mistake can cost you a fair settlement or even lead to a denied claim. Below are some important tips to help you better understand how the claims process works and how to increase your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome for your claim.
- Get medical treatment immediately. Even if you do not think you are injured, you should always see a doctor immediately after any type of accident. Some injuries may not be visible or may develop slowly over time. Have a doctor check for any injuries and monitor your health after the accident.
- File a police report. You should notify the police as soon as possible after an injury so they can document what happened and provide a general assessment of who may be at fault. Follow up with the police officer on how you can obtain a copy of the police report.
- Follow your doctor’s treatment plan. One of the worst things you can do is not follow through with your doctor’s treatment, miss appointments, and leave gaps in your medical history. Showing your insurer that you are receiving timely medical treatment is important to recovering compensation for all of the medical expenses that you need.
- Preserve evidence. Keep photographs of the accident scene, names and contact information of witnesses, insurance information of the other party, and documents related to expenses for your injuries.
- Don’t sign anything without understanding it. Some insurance adjusters may present you with a bunch of forms and pressure you to sign them. These documents could be asking you to release them from liability or forfeit your right to file a lawsuit. Never sign anything without fully understanding what you are getting yourself into.
- Know the value of your claim. Insurance companies will often present a low initial offer and tell you that it is a fair offer. Don’t just take their word for it – always know the full value of your claim and what you are entitled to receive.
- Don’t wait to file. There are filing deadlines for personal injury claims. Once this deadline passes, you lose your right to recover anything from your accident.
- Hire a personal injury attorney. An attorney is someone who has spent years of training on how to evaluate, investigate, negotiate, and litigate injury claims. They understand the law, the claims, process, and how the insurance industry works. Hiring an injury lawyer can help you avoid mistakes and help to maximize your likelihood of fair compensation.
Start Your Claim with an Experienced Worcester Personal Injury Attorney
At the Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr., we have a dedicated personal injury lawyer in Worcester, MA who can guide you through each step of the claims process. Our law office has earned a reputation as strong advocates for the injured and can help you fight for full and fair compensation for your injuries.Schedule your free consultation today by calling (508) 926-8833 or send us an online message.