The weeks following an auto accident or other personal injury are often filled with medical appointments, paperwork, and a whole lot of physical and mental anguish. You might be unable to work and struggling to pay the bills. Unfortunately, it’s often during this time when people make critical mistakes that jeopardize their personal injury claim. Here we review some common errors you should avoid.
1. Talking to the wrong people
Personal injury victims often make the mistake of discussing their case with defense lawyers, claims adjusters, and other parties other than their attorney. To ensure that you don’t say anything to compromise your case, keep discussions between you and your lawyer.
2. Taking to social media
Posting on social media might be part of your everyday routine, but it’s wise to avoid it while your accident lawsuit is pending. Defense lawyers and claims adjusters will look for posts and images that depict your injury as less serious than it really is. Anything you post to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other platforms can be used out of context, even if your profile is set to private.
3. Missing doctor appointments
Failing to show up to medical appointments can signal to the insurance company and the opposing legal team that you’re not taking your recovery seriously. They may conclude that your injury is not as severe as you claim it to be. Ignoring professional medical advice relative to your recovery can send the same message.
4. Not telling your doctor about all your symptoms
At your medical visits, be sure to tell your doctor about all of your symptoms. The doctor might not always ask the right questions, so don’t hesitate to ask questions of your own and share any information that might be pertinent.
5. Settling too soon
It’s best to settle your case only once you’ve made a full recovery or medical evidence is final. Your injuries might continue beyond the expected timeframe, and settling too soon can mean lost compensation.
6. Giving recorded statements
You may be contacted by an insurance company for routine statements. Chances are, it will record these conversations. You should provide them only basic information such as your name, address, and the date of the injury.
7. Not asking questions
Your personal injury attorney is here to help you. Don’t hesitate to ask questions for fear of appearing uninformed. You have a right to know what’s going on, and it’s not your job to know all the ins and outs of personal injury law.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
Here’s a statistic you might not know: Personal injury victims who hire an attorney earn three times as much as people who handle their own case. If you were injured and believe someone else may have been at fault, you owe it to yourself to contact a personal injury lawyer at Morgan & Morgan. We’ll fight diligently to secure compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. It’s free to get started, and we get paid only if you win. Schedule a free case evaluation now.