How to Jeopardize Your Car Accident CaseTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. October 19, 2015
If you’ve been in a car accident, the last thing you want to do is jeopardize your case. After all, you most likely need the compensation to pay for things like medical bills, damage to your car, time lost from work, and more.
Unfortunately, we’ve seen clients do things that put this compensation at risk. We don’t want that to happen to any other accident victims, so read on to see how you may be jeopardizing your case.
- Not seeking medical attention – It can be tempting to put off seeking medical attention – or not get any at all – after a crash, especially if your symptoms are vague or don’t appear right away. But going to the emergency room or your primary care physician is of paramount importance, because you may still have injuries that can cause major problems in the future. And these problems will need a medical paper trail in order to be considered as part of your compensation.
- Not reporting the accident – It was tempting not to report the accident to the police, especially if it seemed minor or you feel you may have some responsibility for the crash. But again, in order to advocate for compensation, you need a paper trail with all the details of the accident, and a police report is one of the best ways to document your accident. As far as responsibility goes, leave that up to a judge or jury to decide – you can always talk to your attorney about it in advance.
- Not hiring a lawyer – This is possibly one of the worst mistakes you can make if you want adequate compensation for what you suffered. It’s easy to think you can do without legal representation – especially if an insurance company is pressuring you to get a quick settlement. But accident victims with practiced attorneys on their side routinely get more compensation than those who go without. Even worse – if you make a single mistake in your case, you may forfeit all compensation forever.
Don’t jeopardize your case — get a Tampa accident lawyer
The car accident lawsuit process is complicated, and best understood by an experienced attorney. Don’t jeopardize your case – and your compensation – by foregoing representation. The firm of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk offers a free case evaluation to every new client; to schedule yours, call our staff 24 hours a day at 1-800-538-4878.