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What Not To Do In A Personal Injury Case

What Not To Do In A Personal Injury CaseEach year, thousands of people in Florida are injured. It’s an unavoidable fact of life – with more than 19 million people living in the state and millions more visiting, accidents happen. Luckily, the majority of them are minor and cause no major problems. But in those cases where a serious injury occurs, it’s important that the injured party does all they can to protect themselves – physically and financially.

Personal injury law is one of the busiest sectors of the American legal system, making up more than 60 percent of all civil cases in the courts today. And whether you’re injured as a result of an auto accident, a slip and fall in a business, or something else entirely, you’ll need to make sure that you take the right steps following the accident, and that you avoid certain things as well.

Here are a few of the key things you need to avoid doing if you’re involved in an injury or accident that may be the grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.

  • Don’t sign anything – The days or even hours following an accident will often be filled with people contacting you. Usually these are representatives from the insurance company of the other party, offering a settlement of some kind. But it’s far too common for people to simply sign these agreements and miss out on what they’re really owed. The insurance company will always offer you a lowball amount to begin with. Until you talk to your own attorney, don’t sign documents like this.
  • Don’t ignore medical attention – This is especially important for Florida residents due to our PIP laws here in the state. You only have 14 days to get medical care after an accident. If you wait longer than that, your PIP policy won’t cover your costs and it will be much harder to get financial compensation from the other party as well. Even if you feel like you’re not hurt, it’s still in your best interest to get medical attention.
  • Don’t ignore witnesses – Far too many people just assume that witnesses to an accident will still be around when they need them. Instead, you need to be proactive. If you’re able, try to get a statement or at least contact info from witnesses who saw the accident.
  • Don’t try to do it alone – Finally, don’t assume that you can save yourself big money by representing yourself in a trial situation. Florida personal injury law is incredibly complex and very confusing, and in most cases you’ll only hurt yourself. By using a personal injury lawyer you’ll be able to avoid a huge amount of stress and ensure that you get what you’re owed. Insurance companies and legal counsel for the other party are far more likely to settle out of court when you have a competent lawyer on your side.

These are all things you need to avoid doing after an accident. It’s common for a single mistake to derail a person’s chances of getting the financial compensation they deserve, and in many instances that mistake could lead to serious financial difficulty. If you’ve been injured in any kind of accident, remember the tips above.

Also be sure that you find a good personal injury attorney. With the right legal counsel on your side you should be able to find out all about your options and determine just what steps you need to take next. You shouldn’t have to pay for injuries that aren’t your fault, and the right legal team can help ensure that you don’t have to. Contact us to learn more about what we can do for you.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

What Not To Do In A Personal Injury Case

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