If you are injured by someone in an automobile accident, motorcycle crash, or even trip and fall on someone’s property, you likely know that you may be able to recover compensation by filing a personal injury claim. While this is true, certain mistakes may completely derail your claim, and that could even cost you your case completely.
A smart step to take when you are ready to file a personal injury claim in Connecticut is to retain our services. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, you can count on the years of experience our legal team has to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
It’s also helpful to learn what some of the most common mistakes are. Keep reading to find out.
Believing You Can’t Afford to Hire an Attorney
Unlike other fields of law, when you hire a personal injury attorney, you don’t have to pay them upfront. They don’t require any payment to take on your case. Instead, they work on a contingency fee basis.
This means that you don’t have to pay for their services or owe anything until you have received compensation for your accident claim.
Failing to Call the Police
After being involved in an accident where you suffered injuries, it’s important to call the police. While there, the police will determine fault and create a report. The police report includes details about the accident, information about all parties involved, and more. This report is an important part of any personal injury claim.
Talking to the Insurance Company
You should never make a recorded statement to insurance companies or sign any type of release claim. Insurance companies are for-profit organizations, which means they want to pay as little as possible to you for your claim (or nothing at all). Because of this, they are good at coming in when you are vulnerable, making a promise of quick cash, and leaving you without enough compensation to cover the long-term impact of your injury. A better option is to contact our personal injury team. We can ensure that your compensation is fair for the injury you experienced.
You Wait too Long to File Your Claim
According to Connecticut law, you have two years to file a personal injury claim. The clock starts ticking the date of the accident. If you were injured, you might spend several weeks or months in the hospital recovering. You may not think about what needs to be done to file a personal injury claim during this time. We want you to focus on your recovery, so we encourage accident victims to reach out to us as soon as possible. We can get started on your case and help ensure your claim is filed within the specified timeline.
Not Seeing a Doctor Right Away
After an accident, it is good to go to the emergency room right away or schedule a doctor’s appointment as soon as possible. If you don’t do this, then the insurance company may take it as a sign that your injuries were not serious. Along with going to the doctor, make sure to keep documentation of each appointment, which will be invaluable for your accident claim.
Not Accounting for All Your Losses and Damages
It’s important to account for all aspects of your damages and losses. Once you accept a settlement, you can’t go back and ask for more if you discover your injuries were more serious than you thought. Some injuries won’t show up for days or weeks. Because of this, you must consider the short and long-term impact of your accident and injuries.
Our legal team knows how to ensure you get the full compensation that accounts for all accident-related costs. We will use information from doctors and experts to help prove the amount of compensation you deserve. We will also fight aggressively to ensure you receive it.
Contact Us for Help with Your Connecticut Personal Injury Claim
Were you injured in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence? Are you planning to file a personal injury claim? If so, don’t try to handle the complex legal system alone. As you can see from the information above, you can make more than a few mistakes that would harm your ability to recoup the damages and compensation you deserve. Our team is ready to help you with your case and ensure you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve.
We have defended hundreds of cases successfully and will fight aggressively to help ensure you get the compensation you deserve.