You will have a long road ahead of you if you have experienced a car accident injury or another sort of personal injury. It may seem as though there is always more to do, from completing paperwork to seeing the doctor. We are here to support you during this process at The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker. For a free legal consultation, call 800-333-0000, or continue reading to learn about five common mistakes individuals make and how to avoid them.
Speaking with people you shouldn't be speaking with
There are surprisingly few individuals with whom you should be discussing your injury. The other parties involved in the collision, claims adjusters, or attorneys representing them should not be spoken to. Who requires information and who doesn't can be determined by your personal injury lawyer. Keep in mind that everything you say could be used against you in court.
Using social media
Social media posting is a common daily activity in the society we live in today. They might believe that since everything is secured and set to "private," what they say won't affect their legal situation. Often, this is untrue. You should never, in actuality, post anything about your accident. In fact, until your auto accident lawsuit is resolved, you should ideally wait to post anything.
Making errors with your physician
This includes withholding certain symptoms from your physician. You cannot read your doctor's mind, and he or she might not ask the correct questions. Always be truthful and comprehensive while discussing your wounds. Make sure you adhere to their instructions and show up for each and every session you have scheduled. If you don't, the opposing party can try to use this as proof that your injuries are not as severe as you claim.
Making a decision as soon as you receive an offer
You can assume that an insurance company knows their client is at fault if they offer you a payout right away. Most of the time, you should hold off on settling your case until you have fully recovered or the medical evidence has been resolved. If not, you might decide to settle before you know the full extent of your injuries.
Giving recorded statements without the assistance of counsel
If the insurance provider for the negligent party requests a recorded statement from you, they are looking for a means to avoid paying you. A seemingly insignificant divergence between two statements can become a significant issue. Bring your attorney along to ensure that you are not being duped or forced into doing anything.
We suggest getting in touch with The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation if you require legal representation.