When you have a personal injury claim to make, it can be a difficult time. Not only are you navigating physical and mental issues, but you probably not working and attempting to file a suit against your previous employer. That’s a lot for anyone to deal with, and that is why we have written this post to help you be aware and dodge some of the biggest mistakes associated with making such a claim.
Choosing the wrong representation
A huge mistake that it's vital to avoid when you are making a personal injury claim is picking the wrong representation. That means you have to look into more than one law firm and compare them to see which one is likely to handle your case the best. Look out for testimonials, data on positive results, as well as ‘no win no fee’ offers to help you decide.
It's also important that you set up an interview and meet the person that is going to be representing you. As you will need to be able to trust and talk to them easily for your case to be successful.
Not being aware of surveillance
Probably the biggest mistake that many claimants make is not being aware of undercover surveillance in personal injury cases. This is when the defendant hires a private investigator to check the validity of the claim.
This may include observing and even filming you to check that your injuries are as severe and limiting as you say they are.
Of course, most folks that have a genuine claim don't need to worry about this, as their behavior will be consistent with their injuries. But if you are making a big case it's always worth having this knowledge in the back of your mind. Just in case you feel tempted to shoulder the pain and do something that is currently out of character.
Not claiming for medical costs
Another big mistake that claimants need to avoid is not asking for the full medical costs associated with the injury they have sustained. Remember, it's not just emergency treatment that the defendant may be culpable for, but also the follow-up visits, medications, and physiotherapy.
Not claiming for emotional damages
Also, some of the most damage that a personal injury can do to a person's emotions. Yes, injuries are primarily physical; like crushed limbs or broken bones, but even once these have healed the emotional damage may stay.
This could be in the form of PTSD, or depression and anxiety. Things that need further psychological medication and treatment and that can cause you to not be able to work and provide for you family. That is why it's crucial to ensure these are claimed in your case if they are relevant too.
Not ensuring this will not happen to anyone else
If you have been through the trauma that is a personal injury that wasn't your fault, it can be very difficult to get over. One thing that can help you get on the way to an emotional, as well as physical recovery, is ensuring that the company responsible put measures in place to ensure that the same thing doesn't happen to anyone else.
This can be emotionally healing because although you have your own suffering to deal with, it hasn't been in vain. As now you have the power through your legal case to stop another employee going through the same difficulties.