8 Things to Know Before Pursuing a Claim
Being Informed Is Critical
It is important to be completely informed about the process prior to pursuing a personal injury claim. There are eight things that you should know and a Queens personal injury lawyer from our firm can help you understand each step. We try to be selective in the cases that our firm accepts because we want to provide personal attention to each client's case to the greatest extent possible. We concentrate our efforts on increasing the value of the cases that we take on when we accept a client.
Here is information you should have prior to pursuing a claim:
- Never lie. Do not lie to your lawyer, your doctor, or the other side. Make sure not to lie about your ability or inability to perform physical activity after an accident, whether it is sports or work activities. The truth eventually comes out.
- Do not accept a check or sign a release from an insurance company unless you know exactly what it covers. Sometimes, insurance companies can attempt to get you to release "any and all claims", including your injury claim, and lead you to believe that you are only settling your claim for property damage. Check with an attorney if you are not certain.
- Do not try to hide past accident or injuries from your lawyer. It is almost certain that the other insurance company will find out about this, because all accident information is shared by insurance companies in a central database.
- Keep a daily pain diary detailing how you feel, doctor and therapy appointments, medications you have taken, and your inability to work. You cannot count on remembering everything later. A lawsuit can take years.
- Do not try to tough it out by not immediately seeing a doctor after the accident. Be entirely open with your doctor about how you feel, how the accident occurred and any past accident or medical conditions that may affect your condition or healing.
- After an accident, most individuals recover the ability to perform most activities unless they are bedridden. Generally, however, they have limitations and cannot perform the activity as long or as strongly as they were once able. Your limitations may provide you with a valid injury claim.
- Video cameras are often not visible and you might have been videotaped at any time and at any place. Therefore, we advise that you stick to what you say. If you claim that you are not able to walk or stand, make sure to stick to this and not be caught playing a sport.
- Insurance companies have never adopted a policy to pay fair, speedy, and just compensation to those who have been injured through the fault of another. The money is either in the insurance company's pocket, earning interest in the bank or in investments.
Call Our Firm First
If you need additional information about how to file a personal injury claim or whether you have grounds for a claim, then you should contact our firm to discuss your case. An experienced personal injury attorney in Queens, or another borough of New York can evaluate your situation and provide you with crucial information. Enlist our help with your case today.