A car accident can leave you with a multitude of painful injuries and a pile of unpaid bills. As a result, you're perfectly justified in seeking compensation for your losses.
However, don't count on the insurance company to give up the money very easily. Insurance companies typically look for any way they can to devalue or deny a claim.
Some of the most common mistakes people make that can damage their chances of a fair settlement include the following:
1. Not filing a timely claim
You only have a finite amount of time to make a claim against the other driver for your injuries. In West Virginia, the statute of limitations requires you to file a claim for your injuries within two years of your accident.
2. Inaccurate statements
Insurance companies love to pounce on inaccuracies in the statements of injury victims. That's why it's often safer to consult with an attorney before you talk to an insurance company. You can easily be accused of exaggerating your injuries or misrepresenting something that happened in the wreck.
3. Broadcasting too much information
Today, everybody is on social media -- and the insurance companies know it. You can count on the fact that your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social media accounts will be scoured for information the insurance company can use against you. Keep in mind that anything you publish on the web can end up in court.
If you were injured in a crash, don't take chances with your future or your family's financial stability. Talk to an attorney in our office about how we may be able to help you make a successful claim.