When a person suffers an injury in an Orange County accident, they do not always know what to do. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Larry H. Parker has worked with clients who have had taken a wrong turn or two before they get to his office. Read on to learn four of the most common mistakes people make after a car accident, and contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
1. Refusing Medical Attention
You must get medical care as soon as possible after you have been involved in a car accident in Orange County. Seeking treatment is important to get you on your way to recovery, but it is also important to build your personal injury case.
If you do not get medical attention right away and discover a week later that you have suffered a head injury, you count on the insurance company making any number of arguments. They might argue that you were not seriously injured because if you had been, then you would have gotten medical care right away. They can argue that due to the amount of time that has elapsed, the injury could have come from elsewhere.
2. Providing a Recorded Statement
The insurance adjuster is going to contact you and is likely to ask if you will provide a recorded statement. They will tell you that it is just part of the process. They will tell you that it is your chance to tell your side of the story. The truth is that providing a recorded statement is likely to help only the insurance company – not you.
If you give a statement, they will then take the transcript from the statement and look for discrepancies or holes in your story. They can take what you have said out of context. If they ask you to make a recorded statement, tell them that you will only do so after talking to a personal injury attorney.
3. Accepting a Fast – But Low – Offer
When the insurance company knows that they have a losing case, they are likely to act quickly. They might offer what seems like a large amount – but only if you take it right away. This is a sure sign that you should take your time. Remember that once you accept an offer, you sign away any right to sue for future damages.
4. Setting a Case without Working with an Attorney
Some people think they can settle the case on their own, and they resist paying a personal injury attorney to handle their case for them. While we understand the urge to save money, the truth is that our payment comes only if we win your case and comes directly from your recovered money. This means there is no out-of-pocket expense for you.
Secondly, we have handled many cases just like yours, and we know how to get you the most possible money for your case. Are you curious to see how we can help you? Then call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.