Mistakes that Can Complicate Personal Injury Cases

Being victimizing by another party’s negligence can be as frustrating as it may be harmful to your physical and psychological wellbeing. In fact, as you start to try to pick up the pieces after sustaining a personal injury, knowing what to do can be confusing – and making certain mistakes can end up complicating your situation. It may even make it more challenging to seek compensation for your injuries and losses later.

To avoid doing anything that could sabotage your financial recovery, make sure you are aware of the more common mistakes people make after personal injury accidents so you can sidestep them. When you are ready for the best Colorado personal injury representation, contact the Denver personal injury lawyers at Bell & Pollock, P.C.

Avoiding these mistakes after a personal injury can help you preserve your rights and interests, our Denver personal injury lawyers explain. Contact us for the best Colorado personal injury representation.

Avoiding these mistakes after a personal injury can help you preserve your rights and interests, our Denver personal injury lawyers explain. Contact us for the best Colorado personal injury representation.

5 Missteps to Avoid after a Personal Injury

  • Waiting too long before seeing a doctor – Whether you are injured in an auto accident, a slip and fall accident or some other type of accident, getting checked out by a medical professional as soon as possible is crucial to your health and wellbeing even if you do not immediately feel hurt.The fact is that, after an accident, your body can be in shock. Additionally, it can take some time for injuries to present symptoms. By seeing a doctor as soon as possible after a personal injury accident, you can get the treatments you need ASAP. This step can also be important to establishing the extent of your injuries later, as your doctor’s report can become important evidence in a future claim.
  • Not reporting the accident to the appropriate authorities – Depending on the type of accident you endured, it may also be important to report the accident to some authority, such as law enforcement officials in the event of a traffic accident, property managers in the event of a slip and fall accident, etc.By informing the proper authorities of the accident, another report regarding the incident can be generated, possibly providing additional important evidence for a future personal injury claim.
  • Believing that insurance companies are on your sides – Although insurance companies or agents may seem sympathetic after an accident, the truth is that you cannot rely on them to look out for your rights or interests when pursuing personal injury claims.In fact, making the mistake of trusting an insurer after an accident can lead people to disclose too much information, unintentionally admit blame for the accident or possibly even accept undercut settlement offers. Ultimately, any of these missteps with an insurer can end up preventing victims from obtaining the full amount of compensation they deserve for their injuries and losses.
  • Oversharing information about an accident with others – At any point after a personal injury, oversharing the details of the accident can also become a big mistake for victims, especially if that information is shared online and/or with those who may not be on victims’ sides.This is because the statements people make, the pictures they share, etc. can all end up being used against them later to try to devalue their claim or, worse yet, deny them the payouts they may deserve.
  • Failing to consult with an experienced lawyer – This can be the single biggest mistake made after a personal injury accident, as not consulting with a lawyer can lead to people not having the protections or representation that may be necessary moving forward.The bottom line is that an experienced attorney can be the key to getting you on the path to financial recovery, protecting your rights and interests and helping you obtain the best possible outcomes to your case.

If You Have Already Made One of These Mistakes…

The good news is that it may not be too late to reverse the impacts of these missteps and get you back on the path to justice and financial recovery.

To find out more about your best options for proceeding with a personal injury claim – regardless of whether you may have made a mistake, contact the trusted Denver personal injury lawyers at Bell & Pollock.

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Call a trusted attorney at Bell & Pollock, P.C. at (303) 795-5900 to get on the road to recovery now. You can also email our firm via the contact firm on this page.

As proud champions of the people, our lawyers are ready to answer your questions, explain the law and your rights, and help you take whatever steps necessary to recover the compensation you’re entitled to. With us in your corner, you can be confident that you have the legal support and representation necessary to successfully resolve your claim.

Don’t delay your recovery for a second longer – and don’t be misguided into thinking that you have to go through the process alone. Our attorneys are here, ready to help – and you won’t have to pay us anything until (or unless) there is a recovery in your case.

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Case Results


CASE: Client was injured by a drunk driver. As a result of the motor vehicle accident, client was rendered a quadriplegic and needed a life care plan.
Outcome: $9,600,000

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Outcome: $1,600,000

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Outcome: $1,300,000

CASE: Neck and back injuries from car accident. Client had ongoing symptoms and needed injections for attempted remediation of pain.
Settled for $485,000

CASE: Client was injured in a 2 vehicle collision. She suffered a traumatic brain injury, concussion and multiple injuries to the neck.
Outcome: $6,000,000

CASE: Client was in her car and was T-Boned by a commercial vehicle. Her cerebral spinal fluid leaked and she suffered a concussion and traumatic brain injury with neck and lumbar (low back) injuries. Her neck injury caused radiating pain, numbness and tingling in her arms.
Outcome: $3,400,000

CASE: Client was driving on a rural road when another car crossed the center line and caused a head-on collision in the snow and ice. Client did physical work for a living. Both knees were injured, along with a neck injury.
Outcome: $2,300,000

CASE: Client was driving on South Parker road when another vehicle rapidly changed lanes and rear-ended the client. That vehicle was cited for careless driving. The collision caused a concussion with traumatic brain Injury. Client missed time from work and had a positive correlation between brain scan and neuropsychological test results.
Outcome: $950,000

CASE: Client was rear ended by a dump truck, was then knocked forward and hit another vehicle. Client had a concussion with traumatic brain injury. Client underwent a brain scan which showed hypoperfusion, correlated with her concussion symptoms. Client suffered neck injuries and injuries to her low back.
Outcome: $650,000

CASE: Client was rear-ended. The mechanism of injury from the forces in the collision caused her neck injury and at the same time, damaged her organs inside her throat. Client had swallowing and choking issues.
Outcome: $1,250,000

CASE: Client was in a motor vehicle accident. Both injections in the neck rendered some temporary relief. The Injections were transforaminal epidural steroid injections. Surgery was recommended on the lumbar (low back). The low back was injured by the forces in the collisions.
Outcome: $933,000

CASE: The client was driving in her car and was rear-ended thereby causing injuries to her lower back and neck. Client also suffered a concussion. Client had to undergo facet injections multiple times, through multiple procedures. Client also had cognitive issues which required cognitive training and therapy.
Outcome: $400,000

CASE: Client was entering a highway from an on ramp and was rear-ended by a commercial van. Client tested positive for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and failed conservative treatment. Client underwent thoracic outlet syndrome surgey, which involved removal of the first rib to attempt to reliev