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What Mistakes Should I Avoid When Filing a Personal Injury Claim?

Updated February 28, 2024.

In the aftermath of an accident, stress and uncertainty often lead to errors that can adversely affect an individual’s personal injury claim. Here at Lacy Katzen LLP, we have observed a wide variety of pitfalls that claimants should avoid if at all possible. Please continue reading and speak with a dedicated Rochester personal injury lawyer from our firm to learn more about important mistakes to avoid when filing your injury claim.

What mistakes should I avoid when I file my personal injury claim?

Some of the mistakes we see people make when filing a personal injury claim are as follows:

  • Failing to Seek Immediate Medical Attention: Postponing or ignoring medical care not only risks your health but also weakens your claim’s validity.
  • Not Reporting the Accident Promptly: Whether it’s a car crash or another personal injury incident, timely reporting is crucial for legal procedures.
  • Overlooking the Importance of Evidence: Photos of the accident scene, witness statements, and medical reports form the backbone of your claim.
  • Giving Recorded Statements Without Legal Advice: Insurance companies often use these statements against claimants, so consult your lawyer first.
  • Accepting Early Settlement Offers: These initial offers are usually far below what you’re entitled to receive.
  • Omitting Details to Your Attorney: Full transparency with your lawyer ensures they can build the strongest case on your behalf.
  • Disregarding Expert Advice: From legal counsel to medical professionals, their guidance is vital for both your recovery and claim.
  • Posting on Social Media: Insurance companies scrutinize your online activity, seeking evidence to dispute your claim.
  • Underestimating Mental Trauma: Psychological impacts are just as valid as physical injuries, deserving equal attention and compensation.
  • Attempting to Go Through the Process Alone: The complexities of personal injury law necessitate professional legal support for a successful outcome. An attorney can gather and present evidence effectively, negotiate with insurance companies, and overall fight for the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled.

Ultimately, mistakes, small or large, can derail your pursuit of justice and fair compensation. For this reason, after an accident, it is paramount to follow the advice above and retain the services of a dedicated attorney.

If you have further questions or you’ve sustained an injury due to another party’s negligence and are seeking financial compensation, please don’t hesitate to contact a skilled Rochester personal injury lawyer from Lacy Katzen LLP today.


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