Common Myths about Accident Injuries in Maryland
Whether you have suffered a Baltimore, MD car accident injury or are dealing with a Maryland workers' compensation claim, it is important for you to learn the truth about the common myths that surround injury accidents.
Few things are harder to handle than an injury caused another's carelessness. If you are like most drivers or employees, you do what you can to stay safe on the roads and while on the job. Despite the safety efforts of responsible people, accidents do happen.
Since many people do not know how to handle the effects of accident injuries, is not uncommon for myths to develop about what is going to happen to you, what you should say, what you should do, and how your case or claim should be handled.
Let's take look at the most common myths surrounding injury accidents:
Myth 1: If you are not in pain immediately after the accident, you do not need to seek treatment. This statement could not be further from the truth. The tragic death of actress Natasha Richardson is proof that a person can suffer serious medical issues from an accident without even knowing it. Richardson passed away from a traumatic brain injury from a skiing accident but showed very few outward signs that there was a problem. Regardless of whether you feel any pain, it is always a good idea that you get medical treatment immediately after an accident and get checked out.
Myth 2: You must be treated by the doctor the insurer recommends. No matter where or how you were injured, you have the right to see your own physician.
Myth 3: You must speak with the insurance company and give a recorded statement. Not only is this statement false, but you should never agree to be recorded by the insurance company without first speaking to an experienced car accident injury lawyer in Maryland or a Baltimore workers' compensation attorney.
Myth 4: The insurance company is looking out for my best interest. The insurance adjustor for the at-fault party may seem nice on the phone, but it is important to remember one thing: just like every other employee in America, they have an obligation to their company to save money. In your case, this means that the adjustor is trying to settle your claim for as little money as possible. They do not have your best interest at heart.
Myth 5: I am required to sign the paperwork that the insurance company or my employer provides in order to receive compensation for my accident. You should never sign ANYTHING without first showing it to an attorney. There could be clauses in the fine print of the documents that allow the insurance company access to your pre-accident personal medical records or even to prevent you from obtaining money needed to handle future medical problems. Avoid ruining your case by first showing the documents to a lawyer.
If you want to learn more myths surrounding injury accidents in Maryland, request your free copy of my book, Inside Secrets Insurance Companies Don't Want You to Know about Your Injury Claim. I pride myself on educating the community on injury accidents, and am available to provide free case evaluations to injury victims. Call me today at 443.394.0900 (toll free 800-564-7808) to set up your no-risk, no-obligation free consultation appointment.