3 Mistakes That Can Hurt Case
After an accident, it is important to be careful about your actions. Be aware that the insurance company will be looking for any and all ways to dispute your claim and deny you just compensation. Below are a few pointers.
1. Not Seeking Immediate Medical Treatment
You only have 14 days to seek medical treatment before you are disqualified from claiming benefits under PIP. A doctor’s record will be necessary in proving you qualify for PIP and in showing whether you should receive the full $10,000 amount. Furthermore, Don’t allow the insurance company to argue that your injury must not have been serious since you didn’t seek medical treatment soon afterwards or that your injury was caused by something else because so much time has lapsed.
2. Not Listening To Your Doctor
By missing appointments or ignoring medical advice, you are provided the insurance company a defense against your claim. A strong medical record is a weapon you want on your side. Listen to your doctor, show up for appointments and follow their advice. Not only will you hopefully feel better, but you will also not be hurting your case. If for some reason you do not trust your doctor, you can always get a new one.
3. Not Being Honest With Your Attorney, Opposing Counsel and Yourself
This covers several areas of concern. First, do not try to exaggerate the extent of your injuries or the lack of ability to perform your normal activities. Exaggeration will hurt you in the long run and kill your credibility as a witness. Imagine you talking about how bad you back and leg pain are and you can’t play sports or enjoy your life anymore; however, the insurance company has you on video shooting hoops with your buddies. It happens; and it will hurt your case. In addition, don’t hide past injuries or past accidents. Let your attorney know of everything so he/she can prepare your case and prepare arguments to counter any attack from defense attorneys. Nothing is more frustrating than having the defense find something out, that you should of told your attorney. If you were injured in the past, just let your attorney know so they are not caught off guard during negotiations or depositions.
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