Individuals in Tennessee sometimes have the right to pursue personal injury lawsuits. Sometimes, the process starts as a sizable insurance claim after a car crash, a dog bite or a similar incident that leaves someone hurt. Other times, the matter goes to the courts immediately because there isn’t insurance coverage available.
Those pursuing a personal injury claim often make mistakes that end up hurting their cases. People who avoid the five mistakes below should have an easier time getting an appropriate amount of compensation given their losses.
Agreeing to handle things informally
It’s very common for the party at fault for an incident to talk someone out of officially reporting the matter. For example, one driver may try to convince the other not to file a collision report after a crash. If there aren’t official records to prove that an incident occurred, it can be much more difficult for someone to obtain appropriate compensation.
Failing to see a doctor
Whether someone falls in a store or gets hurt in a crash, they probably need to see a doctor. The timing of their medical evaluation can either strengthen or undermine someone’s personal injury claim. The sooner after an incident someone sees a doctor, the easier it will be to prove that what happened is the underlying cause of their symptoms.
Apologizing or admitting fault
Even when it is very clear that someone else was to blame, people often apologize to others. Statements implying fault, including apologies, can come back to haunt someone later in an insurance claim or lawsuit. Particularly if someone makes those statements while giving a recorded statement or talking to police, they may be at a disadvantage later.
Accepting the first offer
Insurance companies and parties responsible for injuries will often try to pay less than the true financial impact of the incident. First settlement offers are often inappropriately low. Those who accept them without questioning them may end up unable to demand additional compensation later.
Trying to handle the matter alone
Someone injured due to another person’s negligence, misconduct or omissions may have a lot of challenges to overcome in the near future. Simply focusing on physical recovery could demand a significant amount of someone’s time. If they need to learn the details of insurance law or personal injury lawsuits as well, they may struggle to secure appropriate solutions. They might overlook the statute of limitations or make other mistakes that result in insufficient compensation or ineligibility to pursue a lawsuit. Those who hire attorneys when negotiating insurance claims or preparing for a civil lawsuit can focus on getting their lives back to normal instead of on an attempt to learn a large volume of complex information.
Ultimately, learning from the mistakes that other people make can take some of the risk out of a personal injury lawsuit.