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10 Common Mistakes after a Personal Injury Accident and How to Avoid Them

what to do after personal injury accident Any accident - whether a car accident, a defective product accident, or medical malpractice - can leave a person hurt, scared, angry, and confused. At Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish, our dedicated personal injury lawyers strive to help clients protect their rights and obtain maximum recovery following a personal injury accident. Below are 10 common mistakes that people make after a personal injury accident and the ways that you can avoid them.

10 Common Mistakes after a Personal Injury Accident

  1. Not calling the police. It is important to obtain as much evidence as possible regarding the accident and in many cases, especially motor vehicle accidents, this means obtaining a police report of the accident. A police report can also be used to obtain other pertinent information, such as drivers' names and contact information, to be used later.
  2. Not getting prompt medical attention. It is important to get prompt medical treatment for several reasons. First, some injuries like concussions, whiplash, and back injuries may not exhibit any symptoms for several hours or days, and it is important to be examined by a medical professional in order to get the appropriate treatment. In some cases, such as suspected cases of medical malpractice, medical attention might require switching doctors or getting a second opinion.
  3. Not getting witness contact information. A personal injury case relies on adequate evidence and eyewitness testimony can be critical to proving your claims.
  4. Missing doctor's appointments. It is important to follow doctor's instructions and attend all appointments since the failure to do so could be seen as exacerbation of the injuries and negatively impact your cause of action.
  5. Not retaining medical records and documentation.
  6. Failing to notify your insurance company. Most insurance policies require prompt notification of an auto accident. Although you should promptly notify your insurance company of the accident, you should avoid signing any documents or making any statements without consulting a personal injury attorney.
  7. Signing releases or other insurance documents without consulting an attorney. Under no circumstances should you sign any legal documents with consulting with an Illinois personal injury lawyer.
  8. Waiting too long to consult with a personal injury lawyer. Personal injury accidents have a statute of limitations, or time limit, during which any legal claims can be brought. In Illinois, most personal injury claims must be brought within two years of the accident, but there are some exceptions. It is important to consult with a knowledgeable Illinois personal injury attorney as quickly as possible so that you can meet the applicable statute of limitations and begin gathering evidence to support the claim.
  9. Failing to provide a complete and accurate description of the accident and your injuries. It is important to accurately describe the facts of the accident. Leaving out details and lying about what happened can not only hinder your legal claim, but it can also result in possible charges against you.
  10. Discussing the accident or other personal information on social media, including Facebook and Twitter. It is important to remember that the information displayed on social media is public information. The safest thing to do is avoid all social media interactions for a period of time following a personal injury accident. If you must continue using Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms, you should take great care to control the content that is on your own profile and the content that is linked to you.

For more information on how to avoid common mistakes following a personal injury accident, or to discuss a possible legal claim, contact Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish at (312) 782-1386 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago personal injury lawyers. Steinberg Goodman & Kalish  (www.sgklawyers.com) is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (800) 784-0150 or (312) 782-1386.