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Top mistakes to avoid when filing a personal injury claim

On Behalf of | Apr 21, 2021 | Car Accidents

Dealing with an injury that was caused by someone else’s neglect is not something that most people want to have to deal with. However, the way you address your claim and the things you do throughout the claims process can work for or against you. If you’ve recently filed a personal injury claim in New Mexico, here are some mistakes that you’ll want to avoid while the matter is pending.

Taking to social media

While jumping on your social media account may feel like second nature, it should be avoided when it comes to filing personal injury cases. Anything you post on your social media account may be accessed by an insurance company, and they may use the information they find to discredit your claim. For example, let’s say that you’re suing for emotional distress. If you post pictures of you happy on vacation, this doesn’t align with your claim, and it may be denied.

Delaying treatment

One common mistake that you never want to make when it comes to car accidents is delaying treatment for any medical conditions you believe you have. It’s important to seek medical attention right away so that you can get on record that there is a problem. If you wait days or even weeks before you seek medical attention, it’s highly likely that an insurance company may deny your claim because they believe your condition is non-existent.

Signing a settlement agreement

When it comes to filing a personal injury claim as a result of a vehicle accident, you never want to sign any sort of documentation without checking with your attorney first. Many times, an insurance company will try to get you to sign a settlement for less than your case is worth.

Going through the process of filing a personal injury claim can be stressful enough. If you make any of the mistakes outlined above, it could result in a denial of your claim. Consulting with an attorney who can answer your questions along the way is also a wise idea.


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