Often, an individual involved in an accident doesn’t realize the need or the benefit of retaining an attorney after an accident and attempts to process the necessary claim paperwork without legal assistance. Depending upon the type of claim, this initial paperwork can be complicated and have possible detrimental results if not done properly, limiting the claimant’s ability to collect for damages or injury.
Whether it’s a motor vehicle accident, where forms must be filed which include a description of the accident; or a worker’s compensation claim, where some of the necessary forms also include a description of the accident; forms must be filled out properly and satisfactorily because the description provided as to how the accident occurred will be reviewed during the litigation process. This might be the first chance insurance company has to assess liability. Mistakes made in the description of the accident can sometimes have detrimental effects once litigation commences.
Any legal claim requires paperwork that can be confusing to the average person and challenging to complete without proper legal advice and assistance. The best idea is to speak to an attorney as soon as possible after an accident and before completing any forms.