When you suffer a serious injury in an Indiana car crash or another type of incident, the steps you take in the aftermath may have far-reaching effects if you decide to pursue a claim. Just as certain actions might help you plead your case, other actions might hinder your ability to secure compensation in a personal injury claim.
According to the National Law Review, the aftermath of a crash or similar circumstances is often stressful. However, you would be wise to avoid making the following common errors.
1. Waiting to act
There are statutes of limitations involved in personal injury claims. This means that you only have so long to file a formal claim against the party or entity you feel caused your injury. Once these deadlines pass, you no longer have legal recourse available to you.
2. Trusting insurance companies to act in your interests
Insurance companies make money by charging you premiums – not by paying out claims. Thus, it is in your insurer’s best interests to pay you as little as possible, but do not expect your insurance agent to be upfront about this.
3. Admitting fault
Even if you believe you might be partially to blame for the car wreck or other event that caused you an injury, avoid stating as much. Admitting fault to authorities, witnesses or other drivers involved in the wreck may have a substantial and negative effect on your ability to make a claim.
When making a personal injury claim, it benefits you to gather as much evidence to support your side as possible. Avoiding these common errors may also help maximize your takeaway after making such a claim.