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By Pejman Javaheri
Founding Partner

Being involved in a personal injury accident can be a challenging and overwhelming experience. It’s crucial to be aware of the common mistakes individuals make after such accidents to protect your legal rights and maximize your chances of receiving fair compensation. In this article, we will highlight the top 10 mistakes to avoid after a personal injury accident. By understanding and avoiding these mistakes, you can navigate the aftermath of an accident more effectively.

  1. Delaying Medical Treatment:

One of the biggest mistakes people make is delaying or avoiding medical treatment after a personal injury accident. Even if your injuries seem minor at first, they could worsen over time. Seeking prompt medical attention not only ensures your well-being but also creates a crucial record of your injuries, which can be important for insurance claims and legal proceedings.

  1. Failing to Document the Accident Scene:

Neglecting to document the accident scene can weaken your case. Take photos of the accident scene, including vehicle damage, injuries, and any hazardous conditions. This evidence can support your claim and help establish liability.

  1. Not Gathering Witness Information:

Failing to gather witness information is a common mistake. Eyewitness testimonies can play a crucial role in supporting your version of events. Collect the names and contact information of any witnesses at the scene.

  1. Accepting Early Settlement Offers:

Insurance companies may offer early settlements after an accident. However, accepting these offers without consulting an attorney can be a mistake. Early settlement offers are often lower than the compensation you may be entitled to. It’s important to have a legal professional review the offer and negotiate on your behalf.

  1. Providing Recorded Statements Without Legal Advice:

Insurance adjusters may request recorded statements from you. It’s essential to avoid providing recorded statements without first consulting with an attorney. Statements given without legal advice can be misinterpreted or used against you later in the claims process.

  1. Posting on Social Media:

Posting about your personal injury accident on social media can harm your case. Insurance companies and defense attorneys may monitor your social media activity to find inconsistencies or evidence that contradicts your claim. Avoid discussing the accident or sharing details until your case is resolved.

  1. Overlooking Emotional and Psychological Trauma:

Personal injury accidents can result in not just physical injuries but also emotional and psychological trauma. Many individuals overlook the impact of these non-physical injuries. It’s important to seek professional help and document any emotional distress or mental health issues resulting from the accident.

  1. Failing to Follow Medical Advice:

Adhering to your doctor’s advice and treatment plan is crucial. Failing to follow medical advice or skipping appointments can be used against you to argue that your injuries are not as severe as claimed. It’s important to attend all medical appointments and follow the prescribed treatment.

  1. Not Consulting with a Personal Injury Attorney:

Failing to consult with a personal injury attorney is a significant mistake. An experienced attorney can assess your case, protect your rights, and navigate the complex legal process on your behalf. They will ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. For expert legal guidance tailored to your personal injury claim, contact Mi Abogado Legal. Contact a personal injury attorney or call our dedicated hotline at 866-471-5232 for a free consultation.

  1. Waiting Too Long to File a Claim:

Personal injury claims are subject to statutes of limitations, which restrict the time within which you can file a claim. Waiting too long to take legal action can result in the loss of your right to seek compensation. It’s important to consult with an attorney promptly to understand the applicable deadlines.

Avoiding these common mistakes can greatly benefit your personal injury claim. By understanding the potential challenges and acting in an informed manner, you can increase your chances of receiving fair compensation.

About the Author
P.J. Javaheri is an experienced personal injury attorney and a founding partner of Mi Abogado. Mr. Javaheri received his Juris Degree from the University of California, Hastings in 2005. Mr. Javaheri is dedicated to serving clients in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. His practice focuses on the area of personal injury law, particularly in representing people who have been injured in car, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents, the practice also specializes in premises liability matters. In recognition of his skills and dedication to his vocation, Javaheri has been named on the California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Mr. Javaheri is also active in the Consumer Attorneys of California and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles.  In 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, Mr. Javaheri was honored with appointments to the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities (LATLC) Honorary Board of Directors at its highest level; the Diamond Level. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Mr. Javaheri at 310.694.3084 or by emailing contact@miabogado.com.