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February 3, 2023

Mistakes To Avoid in a Personal Injury Claim

Knowing what mistakes to avoid in a personal injury claim can be crucial when pursuing compensation. There are several common errors that can prove costly—including mistakes that can jeopardize your claim entirely.

The Providence personal injury lawyers at Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell, Ltd. can help you with every step of your personal injury claim. We can ensure that your best interests are protected and potential mistakes are avoided. Contact our office today for a FREE consultation

8 Mistakes To Avoid in a Personal Injury Claim in Rhode Island

So, what should you avoid doing if you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence? Here are 10 mistakes to avoid in a personal injury claim:

1. Waiting to Seek Help

When you get injured in an accident, it is important to seek help as soon as possible. This means that you should seek treatment immediately, and you should schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer right away. Delaying treatment could compromise or prolong your recovery while waiting to contact a lawyer could make it more difficult to protect your legal rights. 

2. Ignoring Your Symptoms

After a serious accident, it is not unusual to gradually experience new symptoms over time. If you are experiencing any symptoms at any time after your accident, you should consult with your doctor promptly. It is important to make sure you receive all of the care you need.

3. Ignoring Your Doctor’s Advice 

Just as you should not ignore your symptoms, you also should not ignore your doctor’s advice. Once you receive a diagnosis and treatment plan, you should follow your doctor’s treatment plan closely. Take care of your wounds, rest, rehabilitate, and attend all of your follow-up appointments as scheduled. If you have concerns about your doctor’s advice, you can (and should) seek a second opinion—you should not simply ignore your doctor’s advice and move on.

4. Assuming There is Nothing You Can Do 

You should not assume that there is nothing you can do. When you hire an experienced attorney to handle your personal injury claim, your lawyer will deal with the insurance companies on your behalf. 

5. Overlooking Financial Costs You Will Incur 

One of the most common mistakes to avoid in a personal injury claim is focusing only on short-term costs. While these costs might be your most pressing concern, your future costs could prove to be far more burdensome. In Rhode Island, accident victims can recover compensation for their current and future losses, and it is critical to make sure you have a clear understanding of what your injuries will cost you in the future. 

6. Overlooking the Non-Financial Costs of Your Injuries 

Along with your financial costs, you can also recover compensation for your non-financial costs if you have a personal injury claim in Rhode Island. This includes costs such as pain and suffering, mental anguish and emotional trauma.  

7. Assuming that You Can’t Afford a Lawyer

The personal injury lawyers at Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell, Ltd. provide “contingency fee” representation, which means your legal fees will be calculated as a percentage of your settlement or verdict. 

8. Settling Your Personal Injury Claim Too Soon 

Work with your attorney to make sure you know how much you are entitled to recover, then rely on your lawyer’s advice to make informed decisions about when (and if) to settle your claim. 

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If you were hurt because of someone’s negligence, it’s important to know the mistakes to avoid in a personal injury claim. If you think you may be entitled to compensation, we encourage you to contact us for a FREE, no-obligation consultation.

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