Dos and Don’ts after an Injury
Feb. 24, 2022
Being involved in an accident can be an emotional and overwhelming experience. Due to the shock, many accident victims are often confused about what to do next. Essentially, what you do – or do not do – after the incident can have a significant impact on the outcome of your injury claims. An experienced Colorado personal injury attorney can enlighten you about what you need to do or avoid to file a successful injury claim.
At Mark A. Simon, Attorney at Law, we have the experience, diligence, and resources to assist, support, and represent accident victims in their injury claims. As your legal counsel, we can explore your possible options to recover damages and guide you through the personal injury claims process from start to finish. Also, our team can seek to protect your best interests and help you pursue deserved compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, and other potential damages.
Mark A. Simon, Attorney at Law, proudly serves clients across Denver, Aurora, Commerce City, Englewood, Arvada, Lakewood, Centennial, Wheat Ridge, and Thornton, Colorado.
What To Do and NOT Do After An Injury
The period following an accident can be difficult and confusing to sort through. However, knowing what to do – and not do – can make it easier for you to navigate the injury claims process. When you enter into a personal injury claim, here are some of the dos and don’ts:
DON’T talk about the case, not even to your friends.
When you file your injury claims, your lawyer may discuss vital case details and strategies with you. Any conversation between you and your attorney is confidential and privileged. Ensure that you do not discuss the case details with anyone, not even your friends.
DON’T post to social media.
Shut down your social media. Do not post anything about your case or injury on social media, including how the accident happened, how you got hurt, who you blame, or how you are feeling.
DON’T talk to the insurance adjuster first.
Giving a recorded statement or talking to the insurance adjuster before consulting with your attorney is generally a bad idea. The claims adjuster may interpret your statement differently, take your words out of context, or use your statement against you during negotiations or in court. In essence, the insurance adjuster can’t protect your best interests, and you should always talk to your lawyer first.
DON’T accept the first settlement offer
Don’t accept the first deal you’re offered by the insurance company. In most cases, the first offer the insurance carrier presents to you will be lower than the true value of your injury claims. It might not account for all your future costs, such as unforeseen medical expenses and time missed from work. Your attorney will help present a counter-offer, negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance provider, or take necessary legal action to help recover your deserved financial compensation.
DON’T neglect your injuries if you’re uninsured or underinsured.
Also, do not neglect your injuries after an accident. Getting immediate medical treatment after an accident – from a qualified doctor – is still essential to determine the extent of your injuries and your health, safety, and wellbeing. Also, you should seek medical help to aid with your recovery, for proper documentation, and to avoid potential issues with the insurer when filing for claims.
DO keep records of everything.
Keep a record of every file and documentation related to your injury or accident. These include relevant information about the other driver, police reports, witness statements and testimonies, and accident scene pictures.
DO write down everything.
Write down your personal account of how the accident or injury happened. This includes everything you can remember leading up to the accident, from the accident, and following the accident, while it’s fresh.
DO keep medical records.
Do keep every single medical bill, medical report, therapy session, and doctor visit in your calendar. This will be crucial to determine the extent of your injuries and estimate case value when seeking your injury claims.
DO record how the accident is affecting your daily life.
Record how the incident is affecting your day-to-day life, work, as well as your ability to draw a paycheck.
If you were injured in a negligent accident and are seeking an injury claim, you need to make informed decisions. A skilled personal injury lawyer can enlighten you about the dos and don’ts after an injury and ensure that you do not sabotage your injury claims inadvertently.
Work With an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
Whether you sustained minor or severe injuries, an accident can have a significant impact on your physical, emotional, and financial health. However, pursuing compensation for your injuries and damages requires taking the right steps in order not to hurt your case inadvertently. Therefore, working with an experienced personal injury attorney is crucial for proper guidance and understanding what to do or not do after an accident.
At Mark A. Simon, Attorney at Law, we’re committed to offering outstanding legal guidance and vigorous representation to clients in their injury cases. Our comprehensive knowledge of the laws and rules addressing liability in personal injury cases can help guide you through the often complex legal process. Never leave your fate in the hands of an insurance company or claims adjuster. Let our team fight for your best interests and help you seek fair financial compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, future medical treatment, pain, discomfort, suffering, or loss.
Understanding the dos and don’ts after an injury or accident is crucial to seeking damages. Contact Mark A. Simon, Attorney at Law, today to schedule a simple consultation with a skilled car accident attorney. Our trusted team possesses the detailed legal counsel, support, and compassionate representation you need in your injury claims. We’re proud to represent clients across Denver, Aurora, Commerce City, Englewood, Arvada, Lakewood, Centennial, Wheat Ridge, and Thornton, Colorado.