If you have been injured in an accident because of someone’s negligence, you may feel frustrated and overwhelmed by dealing with insurance companies, repair shops, and doctors. At this point, many people are at their most vulnerable to an insurance company’s offer for a “quick and cheap” settlement. However, a settlement at this stage may not be in your best interest because you most likely will not know the full extent of your injuries, the cost of medical bills or the total amount of time missed from work.
Insurance companies have a different interest from you. While you want to be fully compensated for your injury, insurance companies want to pay as little as possible on your claim to maximize their profits. Recognizing these competing interests may help you protect your personal injury claim.
1. Get Prompt Medical Treatment
2. Don’t Delay Medical Attention
3. Disclose Any Pre-Existing Injury
4. Disclose New Symptoms
5. Follow Medical Advice
6. Don’t Miss Doctor’s Appointments
7. Don’t Give a Recorded Statement
8. Don’t Sign a Medical Authorization