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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA PERSONAL INJURY BLOG

A car accident injury is a significant event that can leave your life in disrepair.

Fortunately, you can bolster your personal injury claim and potentially improve your quality of life following an accident by avoiding these three mistakes.

1. Underestimating the extent of your injuries

Adrenaline is a powerful chemical that can prevent you from feeling pain. After a car accident, you may not recognize the extent of your injuries due to shock or adrenaline. You should seek medical care soon after for a thorough exam. If you develop symptoms in the days or weeks following the crash, arrange a visit with your primary care physician. Documentation is vital in this period to support a personal injury claim.

2. Talking with insurance companies

Avoid talking with an insurance company representative, even from your own company, without knowledgeable counsel. A car accident can be a traumatic experience, which may impair your ability to remember details of the incident. Additionally, if you are taking medication to help you recover from your injuries, your thought processes may not be at the level they would be under normal circumstances. Insurance companies do not want to pay for your recovery and can use the information you share against you.

3. Apologizing

While this may seem antithetical to what you learned as a child, after a car accident is not the time to say, “I’m sorry.” Even a simple, well-intentioned statement like this may be mistaken as an admittance of fault and can hurt your personal injury claim case.

Of all the emotions you feel after a car crash, regret over your post-accident actions should not be one of them. Avoiding these three mistakes can help.