After a Kentucky car crash leaves you with a serious injury, you may decide to pursue a personal injury claim against the person or entity you feel is responsible for your condition. The steps you take when navigating your personal injury claim may have a serious impact on the results of your case, and there are certain missteps you may want to avoid taking so not to jeopardize your claim.
Per the National Law Review, many people working their way through personal injury claims make the following errors.
Waiting too long to take action
You have a limited window in which to file a personal injury claim after a crash or other type of incident. In most cases, in Kentucky, you must take legal action within one year from the date you suffered or became aware of your injury. Otherwise, you lose the ability to pursue an injury claim against the responsible party.
Car crash scenes are often chaotic, and your mind may be running a mile a minute. Even if you think you might have caused or contributed to the incident, avoid stating as much until you have all the facts. Admitting any level of fault has the potential to jeopardize your personal injury claim.
Accepting a fast settlement
If the insurance company knows it has to pay you something, it may try to make you a lowball offer, hoping you accept it and move on. You do not have to take an insurance company’s initial offer, though, and sometimes, doing so may hurt how much you receive in terms of compensation.
Remember, too, while navigating your claim that insurance companies may not have your interests at heart.