Common Mistakes People Make When Seeking Compensation After an Accident

Jan 08, 2018 Car Accidents

Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC

Often times, victims of a car accident choose to pursue compensation after an accident in the hopes to cover any medical and other related expenses. It would also start to make up for the fact you are suffering because of another person’s negligence. Receiving money can never fully make up for your injuries, but it can help you move forward from this situation without debt and stress.

When your goal is to receive as much compensation as possible after an accident, you need to carefully think about what to do. This is a serious situation, and you are at a disadvantage against an insurance company that handles claims like these every day. An experienced attorney at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help you and go over things you should and should not do during this process.

Contact an Ohio car accident attorney at 1-800-HURT-NOW or online to schedule a free initial consultation.

Common Mistakes When Pursuing Car Accident Damages

If you were injured in an accident and you are pursing compensation, then it is best to avoid these typical mistakes:

  • Admitting fault or apologizing. Dealing with insurance companies and attorneys for the other side can be difficult, particularly since you may end up apologizing or admitting to a fact that hurts your case without realizing it. This is why it is essential to always work with an attorney who will prepare you for speaking with insurance adjusters and other lawyers.
  • Not keeping detailed records. If you were hurt in any type of accident, you need to immediately keep a record in order including any official reports regarding the accident, your medical records and bills, and any communication with the other party’s insurance company. It also helps to make copies of any letters you send to other parties involved and write down who you speak to on the phone and when. If you are not sure of what to keep copies of, a lawyer can explain the documentation that may be important to your case.
  • Negotiating too soon. You should not begin to negotiate, or worse yet, accept a settlement offer until you know as much as you can about your injuries. It may take weeks or months to fully understand how severe you have been injured and what your future looks like. Working with an experienced personal injury attorney can ensure you do not accept an inappropriate settlement.
  • Believing in “final offers.” Insurance companies are likely to try and get you to settle quickly and for a lower amount than you really deserve. It is up to you to know the value of your claim and to know when an insurance company’s final offer could use improvement. However, this is difficult to do if you have very little experience with accident claims, which is why an attorney who has experience negotiating with insurers can help.
  • Assuming insurers play fair. Insurance companies, while supposed to behave fairly and not take advantage of claimants, look out for their own bottom line. They are not interested in justice or ensuring you receive the compensation you need. They want claims to go away as quickly as possible for as little money as possible. Therefore, you should not assume that they will treat you fairly. Often times, insurers stoop to unethical and unlawful behavior. Having an attorney by your side decreases the likelihood that an insurer acts in bad faith. But, if they do, your lawyer will be able to catch it.

Let Kisling, Nestico & Redick Help You

When you are dealing with more than a fender bender, you are going to need an attorney. At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we have decades of experience helping victims of all types of accidents recover the compensation they are entitled to under the law. We will guide you through this process, protect your rights, help you avoid common mistakes, and fight for you to receive an acceptable settlement.

Call us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule a free consultation.