Top 5 Mistakes People Make After a Personal Injury

Suffering a personal injury can be life-altering, impacting your health and finances. Unfortunately, many people make critical mistakes following an injury that can jeopardize fair compensation.

As a personal injury attorney, we routinely see many of these errors firsthand. This article will guide you through the aftermath of an injury, helping you avoid common pitfalls and secure the legal support you deserve.


Mistake 1: Delaying Medical Treatment

One of the most common and detrimental mistakes is delaying medical treatment. Whether due to shock, fear of medical costs, or the belief that the injury is minor, postponing a doctor’s visit can have serious consequences. Immediate medical attention is crucial not only for your health but also for your personal injury claim. Insurance companies and opposing lawyers often argue that delays in treatment indicate that the injury was not severe. According to the National Safety Council, approximately 4.4 million people required medical attention for injuries in 2022 alone. Prompt treatment creates a medical record that links the injury to the accident, which is essential evidence for your case.


Mistake 2: Failing to Document the Incident

Accurate documentation is key to a successful personal injury claim. Many people neglect to gather evidence at the scene, which can be a costly oversight. Take photographs of the accident scene, your injuries, and any property damage. Collect contact information from witnesses and make detailed notes about what happened while your memory is fresh. According to a study by the Insurance Research Council, those who document their accidents thoroughly are more likely to receive favorable settlements. Remember, the more evidence you have, the stronger your case will be.


Mistake 3: Speaking to Insurance Adjusters Without Legal Advice

Insurance adjusters may seem friendly and helpful, but their primary goal is to minimize the payout from their company. Many injured individuals make the mistake of speaking to adjusters without consulting an attorney first. Adjusters are trained to elicit statements that can be used against you later. They might also offer quick, lowball settlements before the full extent of your injuries is known. The American Bar Association advises that having a lawyer handle communication with insurance companies can significantly increase your chances of receiving a fair settlement.


Mistake 4: Settling Too Quickly

In the aftermath of an injury, you might feel pressured to settle quickly due to mounting medical bills or lost wages. However, settling too soon can result in inadequate compensation, especially if future medical expenses or long-term impacts are not considered. It’s essential to understand the full extent of your injuries and their implications before agreeing to a settlement. Consulting with a personal injury attorney can provide you with the expertise needed to evaluate the fairness of a settlement offer and advise you on the best course of action.


Mistake 5: Not Hiring the RIGHT Personal Injury Attorney

Navigating the legal system and negotiating with insurance companies can be overwhelming, especially when you’re recovering from an injury. Many people believe they can handle their claims alone, but this often leads to less favorable outcomes. According to a report from the Insurance Research Council, those who hire attorneys receive settlements that are, on average, 3.5 times higher than those who do not. An experienced personal injury attorney understands the complexities of the law, can gather and present evidence effectively, and will fight to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.


Get Your Case A Step Ahead:

Partner with Harsh Law

Recovering from a personal injury is challenging enough without the added stress of navigating legal and insurance processes. By avoiding these common mistakes, you can better protect your rights and improve your chances of a successful outcome. If you or a loved one has been injured, Harsh Law is here to help. Contact us to understand your rights and take the first step towards recovery and justice.

Call Harsh Law at (909) 793-6261 today for your complimentary consultation.


  1. National Safety Council. (2019). “Injury Facts: All Injuries.”
  2. Insurance Research Council. (2020). “Auto Injury Insurance Claims.”
  3. American Bar Association. (2021). “How to Handle Your Personal Injury Claim.”
  4. Insurance Research Council. (2017). “Attorney Involvement in Auto Injury Claims.”