5 Big Blunders Made by Accident Victims without a Lawyer

The waiting period after receiving a personal injury is a confusing time for everyone. The future remains uncertain and the stress can cause us all to behave in a way that any good lawyer would explicitly advice against. When this happens to you, don't shoot yourself in the foot. Here are the 5 biggest mistakes people make, and what you can do to avoid them.

  1. Assuming No Injury

The first error is admitting to no serious injury. In the case of a car accident, when the police arrive and the incident is being dealt with, it is often the case that we insist that we're fine, just to avoid any further stress on yourself and the others involved. Bear in mind, however, that any claims you make at this juncture will be recorded, and – should it get that far – they can be used against you in a court of law. In the case of whiplash, too, the symptoms can fail to show themselves until days or weeks after the accident.

  1. Failing to Mitigate

Going along a similar vein as our first blunder, failing to mitigate is often done in the immediate moments after your accident. After the initial trauma, it's common for us to need a few days to shake off the shock and get our feet firmly back on the ground. Behaving like this, however, could actually cost you your claim; should you feel that you have sustained an injury of some kind, it is imperative that you go see a qualified doctor immediately after the accident.

  1. Trusting Your Insurance

Insurance companies are for-profit organisations. They are not your friend, and as much as they would have you believe otherwise, they do not have your best interests at heart. Therefore, when speaking to an insurance advisor following your accident, don't allow them to talk you into a corner where you might make unwarranted statements that could be used to deny your claims. In fact, before speaking to your insurer, we would recommend speaking to any personal injury York solicitors at Coles.

  1. Lying

It might also be tempting at this juncture to try and alter the circumstances of your accident or to try and claim for additional ailments. Be aware, however, that each and every claim is thoroughly investigated, and a full medical history will be checked before hand to see how any pre-existing problems could have played into the circumstances that lead to your accident. Moreover, when you are found out that you have lied, you would not only have committed a crime, but you would have sacrificed any and all credibility that your once-legitimate claim may have had.

  1. Ignoring Your Doctor

And finally, do not ignore your doctor. If they tell you to proceed with a course of treatment following your accident, to avoid certain activities or to commit yourself to certain daily routines, do it. Should your condition worsen due to your ignoring of the advice from your doctor, any later ailments will not be covered by your initial claim. This will be considered an act of negligence on your part – nobody else will be held responsible. Should you go ahead and try to claim for your worsened circumstances following explicitly ignoring your doctors advice; see point number 4.

Fingers crossed, you will never be in a situation where you need to be aware of the above points. If one does arise, however, at least you now know what to directly avoid, and the best way to deal with the situation. For more information, check out this comprehensive list from the Citizens Advice Bureau.

*This post is written in collaboration with the aforementioned company.

This article has 6 comments


    Some really important tips, particularly the first. I was involved in a crash some twenty years ago & felt fine afterwards but by the next morning I was in agony – turns out I’d chipped a vertebra in my neck & torn muscles in my shoulder. Lesson learnt: always get checked out even if it seems like a fuss at the time.

  2. Shelley Jessup

    I have made 1 of those mistakes I said I was fine after a car crashed into my side (front passengers seat) & after 14 years I am still in much pain with my shoulder & have paid out in the lower end of the thousands of pounds for private treatments not forgetting the pain scale too! I had no information of the other car as it was my boyfriends car then only to find out he didn’t take the details as he was 1 day out of his tax disc so was worried about that, he was fine btw!

  3. Heather Haigh

    Very good advice. It can be very difficult in an accident situation to think clearly so having these things in mind in advance would be really helpful.

  4. Samuel Austin

    It is advisable to immediately consult with a skilled attorneys. As these a consultation will give you a better understanding about your legal rights and options. Going without a lawyer will reduce your chances of getting fair compensation.

  5. Alvin Anderson

    Many people do mistakes after they met with an accident which go against them when they file a lawsuit. One should clearly asses their condition before reaching to conclusion of the accident. It is always handy if you know basic things about the law and your rights.

  6. habbas

    Great Article . I read your all the stuff and found it very interesting. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post.

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