Avoid Common Mistakes After Your Injury
After an accident, you may feel shaken, especially if you are injured. You may not know what you should do next. Unfortunately, the insurance companies are waiting for you to make a mistake they can use against you to lower your compensation or deny your claim all together. Don’t let them get away with it. At Law Office of Colonna & Doyle, we have seen too many people taken advantage of by insurance companies. Here are a few mistakes to avoid:
Failing To Go To The Doctor
Even if you do not think your injury is serious, let the experts make that call. Go to a doctor right away and follow up with any treatment. You must document your injuries in order to establish your damages for your case. If you wait too long to go, or you stop treatment mid-way, the insurance company will argue that you were not actually injured or your injury must not have been serious.
Accepting The Insurance Company’s Offer Without An Attorney
The insurance company has one goal and that is to pay you as little for your claim as possible. They may make you a low-ball offer right away in the hopes that you will not talk to an attorney about what your case is really worth or find out the true extent of your injuries.
Waiting Too Long To File Your Claim
Nearly every legal action has a statute of limitations, which means you have a time limit within which you must file your claim. In Massachusetts, the statute of limitations for most personal injury actions is three years, but there are certain exceptions. When in doubt, talk to a lawyer right away to find out your options.
Assuming You Cannot Afford An Attorney
Many people think of lawyers and immediately think about how expensive they are. What you should know is that most personal injury attorneys, and all attorneys at Law Office of Colonna & Doyle, work on a contingency fee basis. That means you only pay a fee if we recover money damages for you. Your fee is usually based on a percentage of the recovery. You pay nothing up front, and there is no risk to you.
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