When you have suffered a personal injury accident, it is easy to do the wrong things. You may be in pain, confused, and unsure about what you should do to preserve your rights. Here are common mistakes made by personal injury victims and how to avoid them.

Failing to take care of medical needs. Many victims of personal injury do not trouble themselves to visit an emergency room or a doctor immediately after an accident because they do not believe they are seriously hurt. These same victims may find, a few days later, that their injuries are far worse than they suspected. This delay may compromise their health as well as their ability to collect damages from the accident. Always visit a medical professional after any accident, even if you do not believe you are seriously injured.

Talking to other people about your claim. Your friends and relatives only want what is best for you, but unless your friends and family are personal injury lawyers, it is unlikely that they understand all the complex factors that are involved in a personal injury case. While they may have the best intentions, friends and family can give you bad advice. It is better to listen to them with understanding, but make your own decisions about your case.

Talking to the “other side.” It is very possible that the person who injured you will have representatives that attempt to make contact with you regarding your accident. These people may be representatives from an insurance company. They may be attorneys hired by the at-fault party to represent him or her.  They may be other types of legal or quasi-legal agents. It is always a bad idea to discuss your case with any of these people without representation. Instead, refer them to your attorney.

Failing to consult an attorney. Of all the mistakes you can make when you have suffered a personal injury accident, this is the worst. Failure to hire a personal injury attorney practically guarantees that you will receive less for your claim than you should have, and it means you have to handle the negotiations yourself which can be very stressful. Personal injury attorneys in Anaheim, CA are ready to help you  handle your case in the best way to obtain a maximum settlement.

Anaheim, CA, personal injury lawyers are professionals who will work with you to help you avoid the common mistakes made by personal injury victims.

Blog submitted by Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys

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Paul d’Oliveira

Attorney Paul d’Oliveira has been practicing personal injury and disability law for over 30 years. He started his personal injury law practice in 1989 with two offices in Fall River, MA and East Providence, RI. Today his firm has 16 offices in RI and Southeastern, MA.

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