In a simpler world, those hurt in car collisions, slip and falls, workplace accidents and other injury-causing events would be able to easily secure compensation for their hardships. Unfortunately, that is not typically the case in reality. Although pursuing compensation is possible through the court system, it can be difficult to navigate, particularly without the assistance of an attorney.
The complexity of personal injury litigation means that even seemingly small mistakes can derail your efforts to obtain compensation for your injuries, hospital bills, lost wages and suffering.
To make sure you maintain the best chance you can of recovering from your injuries, here are some suggestions on what not to do:
Do Not Represent Yourself
Personal injury actions are complex and time-consuming, and the defendant in your lawsuit will likely have a strong defense, possibly one provided by an insurance company. Thus, you should hire a lawyer to make sure you have the best chance at earning the compensation you deserve. If you’re in New Port Richey, Florida, the firm of Laporte, Mulligan & Werner-Watkins, P.A. may be able to represent you on a no recovery-no fee basis.
Do Not Accept an Offer without Consultation
When you are injured in an accident, the insurance company of the party at fault may approach you to talk about a settlement. However, settlement offers are typically not in your best interest, but in the interest of the insurance company itself, which may pay you a lower amount than you’d get at trial in exchange for an agreement that you won’t sue. This is a lose-lose situation for you, so do not accept an offer until you consult with an injury or damages expert.
Do Not Make Up Facts
Although you may be tempted to tell a lawyer or the court facts that paint your case in the best light and give you a seemingly flawless case, this is not only a bad idea, it is illegal if done under oath. It is important to remember that the discovery process and the defendant’s ability to interview witnesses provide ample opportunity to uncover the real facts of the situation, so if you are dishonest, that dishonesty will be exposed.