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The Biggest Mistakes Most People Make After They’ve Been Injured In Any Kind of Accident

A Special Report

Mistake #1

The Health Mistake You Could Regret For Years . . . And How To Avoid It.

If your accident caused serious injuries, I know you’re already getting medical treatment. Which is exactly what you should do.

But, what if you haven’t been badly injured …or at least you think it’s not bad?

I’ve had hundreds of clients-both male and female-who were keyed up with adrenaline right after their accident, and were just glad to be alive.

They didn’t have any blood gushing and didn’t realize that they were injured and reported to the police officer that they were not injured. Then they couldn’t get out of bed or bend over. This is common in my experience.

But believe me, these injuries can be very serious even if they do not show on an x-ray. They can lay you up for weeks, months, or even years. If this description fits you, you need to go see your doctor or go to a walk-in clinic and receive treatment right away.

If you don’t get the care and treatment you need, first of all you’re going to be laid up much longer than you need to be-and, if you’re like most people, you simply can’t afford the luxury of just taking it easy for up to a year. Second, if you have an injury claim, waiting makes it look like you are faking it.

So there’s no reason not to see a doctor right away.

Mistake #2

Not Learning Your Legal Rights

I know you’re probably concerned with how you’re going to pay for this medical care and other bills. That’s where your legal rights come in. They cover far more than just medical bills.

Simply put, any time you’ve been injured in an accident caused by somebody else, you have a right to be reimbursed for your medical expenses, for your lost wages, for your loss of future quality of life, for your pain and suffering: past, present, and future.

If you don’t know what your rights are, how can you possibly expect to get a fair settlement for the full compensation that you are entitled to?

Mistake #3

Warning: AVOID Calling Chiropractors

If you have started chiropractic treatment after being called and encouraged to do so, stop because you have shot a hole in your claim for compensation. The insurance adjuster will discount the value for your injuries with chiropractic treatment. The insurance company lawyer for the at-fault driver will make mincemeat of you should a trial be necessary.

If you need treatment, see a chiropractor or a medical doctor of your choice and not someone who has called and solicited your treatment. Otherwise, the soliciting chiropractor will get the gold and you will get the shaft!

Walk-in clinics may be a good choice for you if you do not have a primary care doctor.

Mistake #4

Warning: AVOID Runners

You may also face something else if it hasn’t already happened to you. I can assure you that you may be contacted by “runners” of lawyers and/or chiropractors calling you or even visiting you in the hospital or at your home.

I’d like to tell you what you need to watch out for:

  1. First of all, don’t sign any forms of runners that are blank. These runners, as they are called, will take these blank contracts and sell them to whichever lawyer pays them the most money. Don’t sign anything until you talk to a lawyer that you like and trust.
  2. Second, don’t discuss your injuries with anybody except your attorney, your doctor, and your own personal insurance agent. Unless your injury is trivial, you should hire a lawyer.

Since you can hire an attorney to help you, by agreeing to pay him from your recovery, you’re risking a lot by not having an attorney.

So, if you either have an attorney or are thinking about hiring one, don’t talk to the at-fault attorney’s insurance company. Don’t talk to people who call you and say they are from the credit bureau and they are checking on your case. Don’t talk to anybody who solicits you over the phone, period. You should not talk to anybody that just shows up at your house because you’re being set up. Refer them all to your attorney.

  1. Third, DO NOT sign any release from liability for the at-fault driver unless a lawyer has approved it. Because once you settle your case, it’s finished. The case is over. You can’t get anything else.