Authored by Allan Siegel
After car accidents, injured victims and their families face a number of critical decisions. How you and your loved ones choose to react during these times is of the utmost importance to securing the compensation you need to recoup your losses and navigate the road to recovery. When legal issues, financial needs, and insurance become involved – as they nearly always do after any type of auto accident – victims need to have the facts about their rights and legal options. Being aware of the following myths about car accidents and compensation can help you better understand the steps you can take to ensure that you have the best chances of recovering the compensation you rightfully deserve.
If I've been injured in an accident, I should receive compensation.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Whether or not you may be eligible to recover monetary compensation for your damages will depend on many different factors – including the type of accident that occurred, who caused the accident, and how clearly it can be shown that another party should be held responsible and liable for your losses.
If I don't feel injured, I don't need medical attention.
This may be a mistake that can compromise your health and the future strength of your claim. First and most importantly, you should seek medical attention after a serious accident, even if you have no visible injuries. Some injuries may not be apparent until days or even weeks after trauma. Additionally, insurance adjusters tend to have the mentality that if a victim does not seek medical attention, they are not injured. Although this may not be true, it is often how they react to victims' actions and dispute their claims.
The responsible driver and their insurance company will pay for my expenses.
Victims and families should remember that insurance companies are in business to collect premiums, not to pay victims. Although it may not always be fair or ethical, these powerful insurance corporations will often do whatever they can to pay victims as little as possible. As such, victims should not be misled into believing that they will be automatically or fairly compensated.
Injured victims should always remember that believing any myth or misconception about compensation after a car accident can lead to unfair recoveries that fail to meet their needs. By working with an experienced Washington, DC car accident attorney from Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., you can receive the guidance, information, and support you need throughout every step of your legal journey. For more information about car accidents, compensation, and how we can help, contact our firm.