If you’ve recently been involved in a car accident, you want just compensation so you can move on with your life as quickly as possible. What you may not know is that there are certain things you can do that may damage your ability to obtain the reimbursement you need to recover.
Listed below are common mistakes that can jeopardize your automobile accident case:
- Admitting fault: Amid the shock and confusion following a car accident, it can be difficult to accurately determine who is at fault. As such, you should never admit fault — wait until you’ve seen a doctor and spoken with a lawyer.
- Not seeing a doctor: Never attempt to diagnose your own injuries, even if you feel okay. After any type of auto collision, you should always see a physician.
- Not heeding doctor’s orders: Your doctor will likely prescribe a treatment plan for you. For your health and your case, it is vital that you follow your doctor’s orders.
- Assuming you cannot obtain compensation since you are partially at fault: Do you believe that you are partially at fault for your auto accident? If so, you may still be able to obtain compensation. Ohio is a comparative negligence state — meaning you can recover damages as long as you are not more than 50 percent at fault. Before assuming your case is over, contact an experienced car accident lawyer.
- Not speaking to an attorney: Are you required by law to hire a lawyer for your case? No. But retaining the services of a skilled lawyer is a decision that can greatly increase your chances of obtaining just compensation.