Everyone’s experienced some form of injury at some point in their lives. Of course, not every injury is a good enough reason to call a lawyer – many injuries are attributed to age, genetics, or an accident that was unavoidable. But when another person is legally at fault for the incident that led to you getting an injury, you may have a valid case and grounds to sue. When you’re injured in a car accident, it is smart that you file a car insurance claim with the other driver’s insurance company. This is generally common knowledge, but settlement negotiations can become bogged down. Sometimes, you or your lawyer might feel that you have not been able to settle the claim for what you think is a fair amount. Should you accept what they offer you or file a lawsuit?
The first step is to figure out who was at fault for the car accident. Obviously, if you are definitely at fault, trying to take legal action on the other driver for your own injuries or medical expenses will most likely be a really unsuccessful endeavor. At One Law Group, our expert lawyers will be able to help you determine fault for the accident and also help you figure out what you may be entitled to for your injuries, depending on your percentage of fault. Personal injury lawsuits generally boil down to one thing: money. Once you talk to your lawyer and they believe that your case is worth more than what the insurer is offering, and it is unlikely that the insurer will increase its offer in pre-suit injury settlement negotiations, then it is time to file a lawsuit.
Once you are certain that you want to move forward with a lawsuit, there are a few things you should consider doing if you don’t want to ruin your lawsuit.
- Don’t lie. The consequences for lying can be disastrous
- Paperwork mistakes. No-Fault require various forms to be submitted and the accuracy of these submissions is critical. Even the slightest mistake can have your case labeled “fraud.”
- Don’t push yourself. If you are injured, you are more than likely going to be in physical therapy. Just be aware that the at-fault driver’s insurance company will have you observed and investigated to use as proof of fraud. So, even if you think you are almost healed, try to avoid lifting anything heavy or doing anything that requires a lot from you physically.
- Don’t talk about your case. Don’t be surprised when insurance adjusters and defense lawyers try to contact you. If anyone wants to ask you questions, direct them to talk to your car accident lawyer.
- Don’t post on social media. This is especially important because although your account may be private, they may still have a way to look at what you are posting. Make sure you are very careful about what you post, especially photos of your activities and posting about new items you buy.
- Take photos. You should photograph your injuries and keep a record of anything and everything involving the case.
When it comes to these kinds of cases, the best thing you can do call your car accident lawyer. The lawyers at One Law Group will be available for you through the whole process. The insurance companies you will face will most definitely have legal representation, oftentimes a whole team of lawyers. So, before you even consider a lawsuit over a car accident claim, you should consider contacting One Law Group at (844) 626-1529. Our lawyers have a history of winning important verdicts and settlements on behalf of their clients. As the victim of an injury caused by another person or party’s carelessness, you have every right to hold that person or party responsible through a personal injury lawsuit.