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Do You Have a Personal Injury Claim?

If you or a family member has been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may have a strong foundation for a personal injury claim. To ensure that your personal injury case is well represented, consult with legal professionals experienced with personal injury law in your state.

Personal injury attorney Samantha Flanagan and her legal team at Flanagan Law have over two decades of experience representing clients in cases like car accidents, premises liability claims, and bicycling crashes. Our law firm would proudly represent your interests while you seek a fair settlement for your injuries.

What Common Mistakes Do People Make in Personal Injury Cases?

Before you get on the phone with your lawyer, there are a few notable errors that could be made that would result in your case going from a slam dunk to a far more challenging legal battle.

Waiting to See a Doctor

After an accident, you must seek medical attention. Don’t wait. Don’t shrug it off because you feel fine. Failure to see a doctor following an accident looks terrible on your personal injury claim, especially if your compensation demands are considerable.

Additionally, any injuries that manifest later may be disregarded by the insurance company, as there is no proof that the injuries were linked to the accident. To ensure that your claims are taken seriously, go to the doctor.

Not Calling the Police After a Car Accident

In a car accident, first, you should assess yourself and your passengers for injuries. If you’re able, you should also check if the other driver is injured.

You must call law enforcement following an auto accident and remain at the crash scene until they arrive. When cops arrive, they’ll begin filing a police report documenting the events. This piece of evidence will become a vital part of your accident claim.

Failing to Follow Your Doctor’s Orders

Seeking medical treatment after an accident isn’t enough. You also have to follow your doctor’s treatment plan to the letter.

Failure to follow your doctor’s orders may reflect poorly on your claim. Insurance companies can see this as evidence that you’re not filing your claim in good faith and are not taking the recommended steps to recover from your injuries.

Saying Sorry or Saying You’re Okay

We always tend to want to put each other at ease by reassuring others that we’re doing fine or apologizing unnecessarily. You must be careful not to apologize or reassure others that you’re not injured after an accident.

Though you may say these things out of the goodness of your heart to calm down someone’s anxiety after an accident, the comments could be used against you to establish fault or dismiss your injury claims.

Waiting to File a Claim

There is a statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim. The window of time varies based on the type of accident, but regardless you mustn’t delay before filing a claim.

If you file after the statute of limitations expires, your claim will be dismissed.

Speaking with Insurance Adjusters

Insurance adjusters are trained to seem sympathetic and friendly. But they’re not on your side, and you do not need to speak to them.

If an insurance adjuster approaches you, direct them to your lawyer instead.

Schedule a Free Consultation with an Experienced Colorado Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you’ve been in an accident and injured, please call our Commerce City-based law offices as soon as possible. We can provide you with the sort of compassionate legal representation that your case deserves. However, until you dial our number, remember not to make one of the many mistakes that could endanger or complicate your claim.

For legal advice, please get in touch with our law firm to schedule your free case evaluation with a member of our legal team. Flanagan Law operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you only pay if we succeed in winning a settlement for your case. If we don’t win, you don’t pay.

Schedule your no-obligation, free case review today by calling us at 720-707-0870.

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