Another party’s negligent or reckless actions can injure you, when that happens you need to take action. You have the right to fight for financial compensation. Filing a personal injury lawsuit frequently offers the best opportunity for victims to obtain justice. But the legal process can be complicated and involved. By working closely with a skilled and experienced attorney, you can avoid committing costly errors. Best of all, you avoid making these 5 personal injury mistakes.
Seek legal advice and representation promptly if you have been hurt due to the negligence of another. Contact the Oklahoma personal injury lawyers of the Abel Law Firm at (405) 239-7046 today to schedule a free consultation with a passionately committed advocate who will aggressively represent your interests.
Personal Injury Mistakes Which Could Derail Your Claim
As a layperson, you may have some passing familiarity with the civil justice system. But it is unlikely that you have a firm grasp on all of the procedural and other matters that bear on a case. This could leave you vulnerable to making the following mistakes.
- Not Filing Your Claim in Time – If you do not file within the statute of limitations, you may not be able to pursue a case.
- Failing to Disclose All Appropriate Information to Your Attorney – Neglecting to communicate full and correct information about a case can prevent your attorney from preparing to address crucial case matters.
- Disobeying Your Doctor’s Orders – If you do not seek proper treatment or disobey your doctor, the defense may use this as evidence that your injuries are either nonexistent or at least less severe than you have claimed.
- Accepting the First Settlement Offer – Settlement offers are usually made by the defendant’s counsel because there is a belief that your claim has validity. The eventual award could be much greater. Accordingly, it is strongly advisable that you do not accept any sort of settlement offer without having your own attorney validate that it is in your best interest.
- Attempting to Sue Twice for the Same Injury – Once a civil matter is settled or adjudicated, it is no longer possible to bring legal action for the same injury. This is true regardless of whether you felt the outcome of the first case was sufficiently favorable.