After you have suffered in injury in a car accident or other type of personal injury, you will have a lot of steps in front of you. From filling out paperwork to visiting the doctor, it can feel as though it will never all be done. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we are here to help you through this process. Call us at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation or read on to learn about five mistakes people often make – and how you can avoid them.
- Talking to People You Shouldn’t Be Talking To
- Posting on Social Media
- Making Mistakes with Your Doctor
- Settling as Soon as You’re Presented with an Offer
- Agreeing to Give Recorded Statements without an Attorney
There are actually very few people you should be discussing your accident with. You should not talk to attorneys working for anyone else, claims adjusters, or the other parties involved in the accident. Your personal injury attorney can determine who needs information and who does not. Remember that everything you say can potentially be used against you in your case.
In today’s world, posting on social media is often part of a person’s daily routine. They may think that if they have everything locked down and set to “private,” what they say won’t have an impact on their case. This is often false. The truth is that you should never post anything about your accident. In fact, ideally you would not post anything until your car accident case is settled.
This includes not telling your doctor about all of your symptoms. Your doctor cannot read your mind and may not know the right questions to ask. You should always be thorough and upfront about your injuries. Make sure that you follow their directions and that you go to every single appointment you are signed up to attend. If you do not, then the other side may attempt to use this as evidence that you are not as injured as you claim to be.
If an insurance company immediately offers you a settlement, you can take this as a sign that they likely know their client is at fault. In most cases, you will want to wait to settle your case until you have made a full recovery or the medical evidence has been finalized. Otherwise, you could settle before you are sure of the full extent of your injuries.
If the at-fault party’s insurance company wants a recorded statement from you it is because they want to try and find a way to get out of paying you. Even one small difference between one statement and another can be turned into a big deal. Have your attorney present so you will be sure you are not being tricked or coerced into something.
If you are in need of an attorney then we recommend contacting The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.