Injured Because of Negligence? Avoid these Common Mistakes.

by Staff Blogger | January 23rd, 2020

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke personal injury lawyers are here to help injured victims get maximum compensation after accidents that weren’t their fault. And while we do everything in our power to build strong, winning claims for our clients, there are a few things that injured victims must keep in mind before they seek help and while their claims are being built.

If you were recently injured through no fault of your own, the things you do—and don’t do—can have an impact on your chances of receiving compensation. It’s vital to avoid these missteps:

  • Don’t wait too long to call a lawyer—Virginia’s statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date the injury occurred. While that may seem like plenty of time, it can pass quickly, especially if you’re dealing with serious injuries.
  • Don’t talk about your injuries or claim on social media—No matter what type of injury you suffered, the other party’s insurance company is looking for ways to reduce or deny your claim. In 2020, that often means looking at your social media accounts for posts or pictures that can be used as evidence against you.
  • Don’t accept the initial settlement offer—When insurance companies know they can’t deny claims, they may offer victims settlements right away. Those settlements are almost always insufficient to cover full accident-related expenses, and they’re designed to take advantage of victims who are desperate and in shock.

After an injury that wasn’t your fault, you need a legal advocate to protect your rights and help you make the right decisions. Contact us today for a free consultation.