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Four Mistakes That Can Jeopardize Your Car Accident Case

| September 16, 2021

If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Unfortunately, people can jeopardize their claims by making mistakes that can be easily avoided if you are careful. Even if you are not sure you want or need to pursue a claim, it is best to keep your options open before you have no choice. A Waldorf car accident attorney can help you position yourself to get the compensation you need should you decide to pursue compensation. 

1.) Failing to Seek Medical Attention

Thanks to the modern safety features found in modern cars, injuries resulting from car accidents tend to be much less severe than they used to be. Nonetheless, you can still suffer serious injuries in the form of whiplash, nerve damage, internal organ damage, concussions, and other injuries that may not be immediately apparent. Unfortunately, many people assume that they will be fine and do not go see a doctor. In the event that you do not fully heal or begin to experience other complications, you need medical documentation of your injuries in order to pursue a claim. A Waldorf car accident attorney can help you gather the medical documentation you need. 

2. ) Failing to Follow Your Prescribed Treatment

A car accident can seriously disrupt your life, and we understand how difficult it can be to miss work or attend physical therapy. However, if you fail to follow your doctor’s orders, it makes it easy for the insurance company to argue that you are not as injured as you claim. As a result, it is critical that you follow your doctor’s orders. 

3.) Admitting Fault

Even if you think you may be partially to blame for the accident, admitting fault to the other driver can be devastating to your claim. Maryland is a pure contributory negligence state, which means that you will be barred from recovering any compensation if your negligence contributed in any way to the accident. While it is important to be honest, many people assume they were at fault when they were not. We recommend discussing your case with a Waldorf car accident attorney before admitting fault to the other driver or the insurance company. 

4.) Settling Your Claim Too Quickly

Insurance companies will often try to settle claims as soon as possible, often before you know the full extent of your injuries or what your recovery will entail. However, accepting the settlement requires that you agree to waive all future claims, meaning that you can’t seek additional compensation if you later have medical bills or lost income that isn’t covered by your settlement. A Waldorf car accident attorney can review your settlement offer and determine whether it is fair. 

Contact Waldorf Car Accident Attorney Thomas E. Pyles Today

While we understand the desire to put your accident behind you and move on with your life, doing so could leave you injured and with bills you can’t pay. At the Law Offices of Thomas E. Pyles, we help people get the compensation they need to make a full recovery. To discuss your case and how we can help, contact us today at 301-705-5006 to schedule a free consultation.