Auto Accidents

Common Critical Mistakes That Injury Victims Make

The law firm of Carabin & Shaw has been representing and fighting for San Antonio accident victims for over twenty years. During that time, our lawyers have noticed several common critical mistakes that injury victims make fairly frequently. Unfortunately, we are not the only ones who have been keeping track of these trends. Insurance companies have also learned how to manipulate these honest mistakes to unfairly deny victims the compensation they deserve.

  1. If no injuries are visible, many people make the mistake of concluding that they are fine immediately after the accident. After all, any San Antonio paramedics who arrive at the scene have to make sure everyone at the scene of the accident is either uninjured or is sent to the hospital before they leave. Insurance companies will use these statements against the victim, arguing that the client is not really hurt, but is simply using the accident as an opportunity to get more money than they need. However, as our attorneys frequently argue, the full effects of car accidents are traumatic and violent experiences which may not be felt for several days.
  2. Another of the common critical mistakes that injury victims make is disregarding the possibility that negligible levels of pain can reveal itself as a substantial injury in a matter of days. Nevertheless, the opposing insurance company will twist your words to deny your pain and keep you from getting the compensation you rightfully deserve. After an accident, always err on the side of caution and get checked out by a fully-licensed medical professional. Their documentation carries more legal weight than a report filed at the scene of the accident. The lawyers at Carabin & Shaw can recommend trusted San Antonio doctors and other healthcare professionals to help you.
  3. Do not try and manage the pain by yourself. Many people think that their initial pain will simply go away. They hesitate to go to the doctor because of time and money. But the little bit of time and money you save in the short term can substantially damage the value of your case overall. Many San Antonio insurance companies will use this delay to your disadvantage, claiming that if your injuries were truly serious, you would have sought help sooner. With our San Antonio injury victim lawyer on your side, you do not have to worry about explaining your reasons for delaying medical care.
  4. The other driver’s insurance company is not your friend. Many of us would like to believe that the other driver’s insurance company will be fair and do the right thing. Unfortunately, nothing could be farther from the truth. An insurance company is a business that, like any other business, wants to cut costs and increase profit. Unfortunately, from their point of view, you are a cost. The adjuster representing that company will be extremely nice while talking to you and collecting information, but they are being paid to talk to you to get you to settle your claim as quickly as possible for as little as possible. Our attorneys do not get paid unless you win the full amount of compensation the law can provide.

Do not delay getting legal representation and the resources it affords. The insurance company has people that have been in the business for years; it is important that you have a law firm that has been fighting these insurance companies for years as well. The common critical mistakes that injury victims make listed above do not have to stop you from getting all of the compensation you deserve. Our lawyers are here to meet with you during a free consultation. Call our San Antonio office at 210.222.2288, or toll-free at 1-800-862-1260.

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