When you suffer a serious injury in a New York car crash, you may decide to file a personal injury claim against the motorist who you feel caused the wreck so that you have some money to cover your medical bills and other expenses. However, the things you do – and neglect to do – after a car crash, and while navigating your personal injury claim, may have a sizable impact on how much you collect.
Per the National Law Review, making one or more of the following personal injury claim errors has the potential to hinder your chances of getting what you deserve.
Car crashes happen fast, and you may feel out of sorts in the immediate aftermath of one. Even if you do, make a point not to admit or suggest that you were at fault in any way. Doing so before you have all the facts of the case may hurt your chances of collecting compensation at all.
Waiting too long to take action
If you are going to file a claim against the negligent driver who caused the crash, you have a limited window in which to act. In New York, there is a three-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims.
Underestimating your injuries
Right after a crash occurs, you may give yourself a once-over to make sure you do not have any major medical issues that require immediate attention. However, some types of injuries, such as whiplash, do not always show themselves until a while after a crash occurs.
While admitting fault, waiting to act and underestimating your injuries are all common personal injury claim errors, you would also be wise to think twice before accepting the first offer an insurance company makes you.