If you’ve been injured in an accident and are considering pursuing a personal injury claim, there are some common mistakes that can be avoided. Being honest and forthcoming is always the most important part of a successful claim, but there are some missteps that are frequently seen during the lifetime of a claim. We cover the most common below.
Getting Immediate Medical Attention
Seeing a healthcare professional as early as possible can be crucial to your potential case. It’s important to demonstrate that the accident in question was the cause of your injuries and not something that happened afterward. Seeking timely medical attention will not only benefit you physically but can avoid later speculation about the origins of your injuries.
Talking to Third Parties About Your Case
You should be wary of talking about the details of your case with anyone other than your family or attorney. This can include insurance companies or other individuals who may try and extract information that could be potentially damaging to your case. Always consult with your attorney prior to having any conversations about your accident.
This also includes sharing accident and injury details on social media. Insurance companies and defense lawyers will look for anything to use against you on your social media, and those details could impact your case.
Improper or Missing Documentation of The Incident
Personal injury cases hinge on proving the negligence of the defendants. Thus, it is extremely important to provide as much documentation as possible about the nature of the accident and injuries that were sustained.
This can take the form of pictures, contact information of witnesses, products, bills, and medical records. Anything you believe could be related to your claim, you should take care to preserve
Filing After The Statute of Limitations
In New Jersey, you have two years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit for personal injury. There are limited exceptions, but in general, it is best to speak with a lawyer immediately following your accident. It often takes a period of time to collect details and investigate before paperwork can be filed with the courts, so the sooner you can get started the better.
There are many mistakes that can take place following an accident that can limit or prevent you from successfully pursuing a personal injury claim. We reviewed the most common missteps but when in doubt, it is best to speak with an attorney to avoid costly mistakes.
Contact us today for a free consultation regarding your case. We take cases on a contingency basis, meaning you pay no out-of-pocket costs and we only get paid a legal fee when we win your case.