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Mistakes When Waiting to Resolve a South Dakota Injury Claim

Drew Duncan
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Partner at Zimmer, Duncan and Cole, LLP

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4/20/2014
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If you wait too long to resolve your claim for compensation after a South Dakota car accident, it’s easy to make mistakes that can jeopardize your case. Here are some examples of common mistakes car accident victims make when waiting to take action:

  • Allowing time limits to expire. Time limits apply in most cases. If you wait too long to file a claim, it could be impossible to recover any damages—no matter how strong your case is.
     
  • Letting evidence and witnesses slip away. As witnesses’ memories, security tapes, and other crucial bits of evidence fade with time, it becomes more and more difficult to gather the information you will need to present for your injury claim.
     
  • Doing or saying something that the insurance company can use against you. Over time, it’s easy to forget how important it is to limit what you say, do, or sign in relation to your accident and injuries. Whether you end up giving a recorded statement without an attorney present, signing away your rights by accident, or just making a casual post about your recovery on Facebook, you can expect the insurance company to twist anything you say or do and use it against you.
     
  • Waiting until the last minute to take action in your case. It takes a little time to review, organize, and take action on your case. If only a short period of time remains to build your case, even a skilled attorney may be unable to prepare everything that you will need for a successful claim.
     

To learn more about common mistakes that car accident victims make and how you can protect your rights, contact Zimmer, Duncan & Cole today.



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