After becoming injured in a car, truck or other vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. However, there are several common things that could jeopardize your case:
1. Not Seeking Medical Attention/Not Documenting Your Injuries
Your chances of recovering compensation after an accident will largely depend on your injuries. If you waited to seek medical attention until days after the accident, the other party or their insurance company could argue that your injuries must not have been serious. Go to your doctor or to the emergency room if necessary to get checked out.
2. Posting About Your Accident on Social Media
We are a social society. Many people use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media sites on a daily basis to communicate with family and friends. However, after an accident, think twice before posting anything – even if it doesn’t seem related to your accident. Insurance companies and attorneys for the other side could use your posts or photos against you.
3. Giving Statements to the Other Party or Their Insurance Company
Don’t talk to the other party, their insurance company or their attorney without first talking to your personal injury attorney. Similarly, don’t verbally agree to anything or sign any kind of written statement or agreement without first consulting with your lawyer.
4. Trying to Represent Yourself
Winning your case involves more than just recounting your side of events. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’ll be able to represent yourself or negotiate your own settlement, particularly when insurance companies are involved. The other side’s insurance company has one goal in mind: settling the case for as little money as possible, as quickly as possible. When you choose to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer who has successfully handled cases similar to yours in the past, you can be confident that your legal rights and interests are being protected.
There are many other potential pitfalls involved in personal injury litigation; having a skilled personal injury attorney in your corner can help you understand and avoid them. Contact Burman Law today to schedule a free case consultation.