Can an Accident Victim Sabotage Their Own Case?
After a car accident, you need compensation to help cover medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, and more. It’s natural to want to pursue legal action against the negligent party and hold them financially accountable for the damages they have caused.
Unfortunately, did you know it’s possible to sabotage your own case?
This is done by certain actions that victims take. These actions can either give the responsible party’s insurance company leverage or negate your right to a claim. Here are some of the things you may not know can sabotage your case after a car accident.
Apologizing for the Accident
Not everyone understands fault or what it means in a car accident so they don’t know exactly what to say after the crash happens. It’s normal for someone to feel sympathetic, even if the crash wasn’t their fault, so certain statements are made.
Saying things such as “I’m sorry” or claiming to not have seen the other person may be looked at as an admission of guilt when insurance companies get involved. These statements may be used against you and impact your claim.
Not Hiring Legal Counsel
Insurance companies are large corporations used to facing claims from injured individuals. It’s only expected that they have experienced legal teams dedicated to protecting their bottom line and helping them pay out as little as possible.
As such, you should also have skilled and experienced legal counsel who knows the process and how to challenge the other party’s legal team. Without a lawyer, your rights may be taken advantage of during the difficult process.
Accepting a Low Settlement Offer
While you would still receive some compensation in this case, a settlement offer may not be enough to help cover the expenses you have experienced as a result of the damages you’ve sustained. In many situations, seeking a verdict can net you more compensation—which helps to have a lawyer.
At Fieger Law, our Michigan car accident attorneys have dedicated their careers to the rights of the injured. We have helped our clients recover hundreds of millions of dollars and have earned our reputation of committed and dedicated counsel.
When you need strong legal advocacy to seek compensation for damages you have sustained, you can trust our team to be there for you.
Call us today at (800) 294-6637 for a free case evaluation.