There are many things that people don’t know about making a personal claim. For example, a lot of people don’t know that there are things that you can do that may negatively affect the amount of money that you are offered for your injuries. Below you are going to find some of the most common things that will affect the amount of money that you will be offered for your injuries.
Admitting anything at the scene can affect personal injury claim amounts
When you are in a car accident, the last thing that you want to do is to admit anything while you’re at the scene of the accident. You don’t want to admit that you were at fault, especially if you weren’t. this is going to come up in court and if you admitted fault when you weren’t at fault you may have a hard time getting any money for your injuries. Leave it up to the experts to figure out who was at fault. That is what they are there for.
Making any suggestions to your insurance company can affect personal injury claim amounts
When you call your insurance company the last thing that you want to do is to make any suggestions about what might have happened or what it looked like. You want to simply state the facts. The best time to call them is right after the accident since that is when the information is freshest in your mind. The insurance company has its own experts who will know how to prove fault and liability. You don’t know what they know and you don’t have the experience that they have.
Saying you were not injured can affect personal injury claim amounts
If you tell the insurance company that you weren’t hurt right after your accident, they may take this to heart. Don’t tell them this – let them know that you are going to go to the doctor and then really go to the doctor. You may have injuries that aren’t apparent yet due to the adrenaline that you are feeling after the accident. Most people who have been in a car accident have whiplash at the very least so never say anything about injuries until you have been seen by a doctor. If you make this claim and then have injuries later on it could look suspicious.
These are the things that can affect your amount negatively if you do them right after you were in an accident, so the thing that you want to do is to remember them if you’re in an accident. Another thing that you might want to do is to find a solicitor who can help you with your claim. We have a lot of solicitors who we work with every day and they can help you navigate the injury claim process at every step of the way. Call us and we’ll connect you to someone who can best help you.
Date Published: 14th January 2013
Author: Louise Thacker