If you have become the victim of a careless driver, you may be eager to be compensated for your damages. It's easy to see why – in many cases, your financial situation has suffered a blow due to missing work. Additionally, almost everyone knows that you must file your personal injury case within a certain period of time to abide by the statute of limitations. Read on to find out why the timing has to be "just right" when it comes to taking legal action on personal injury cases.
Withstanding the Pressure
You may be surprised at how quickly the insurance adjuster for the other driver acts after an accident. If you are able to talk, they will phone you before you are even out of the hospital. The motivation for this call is simple – they want to catch you off-guard so that you will make a mistake. The problems with speaking to the adjuster about your case is that you may not be well enough when they call. You should understand that the adjuster doesn't care about you or your injuries because their job is to reduce their employer's liability for the accident. They do this by tricking you, threatening you, offering you a check, being super sympathetic, and more. You don't have to speak to this adjuster, so don't do it – doing so might hurt your case.
Letting Your Medical Issues Play Out
Waiting until you know the full cost of your medical needs is vital. Give your medical practitioners time to evaluate your future needs before you accept a settlement offer. You may need repeated surgeries, prolonged physical therapy, and years of future medical care and it might take time to know the full extent of your treatment needs.
Know What You Are Owed
Another problem with accepting an early offer to settle is that you might not understand what you are not getting without the help of an attorney. It's not just a simple matter of getting your car fixed and your medical bills paid. You could be leaving money on the table if you fail to consider your lost wages, future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. Your attorney will review the facts of your case, add up your actual damages, calculate your pain and suffering based on your medical expenses, and more. These calculations are anything but straightforward, so don't fall prey to a quick offer that fails to fully compensate you.
Speak to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. They can help you avoid exceeding the statute of limitations and take action at the right time.Share
17 March 2019
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