6 Mistakes That Can Derail Your Personal Injury Case
Whether you’ve been in a car accident, a slip and fall, or an accident at work, you’re capable of doing just as much harm as you are good when it comes to your case. Personal injury cases can be tricky, and insurance companies will strive to pay as little as possible in order to settle damages, so you don’t want to give them any reason to make your settlement less or for your case to be tossed out altogether. 6 common mistakes that can quickly derail your personal injury case include:
• Lying – Whether on purpose, by accident, or by omittance or exaggeration, lying is the quickest way to have your personal injury case thrown out altogether. Providing false information to an insurance company, fibbing the cost of injuries, or bending the truth of a personal injury accident are all forms of lying in a personal injury case. The discovery process of a case is thorough, and the truth of the situation will be found out, so its best to keep all details of the accident honest, and to admit a loss of memory where losses of memory may have occurred.
• Talking about your case – Insurance adjusters or defense lawyers may try to contact you about the accident in question, and you may be tempted to answer their questions or cooperate with their investigation. After all, you have nothing to hide, right? Wrong! All communication should be transferred to your personal injury attorney and handled by the professionals only. A simple misspoken answer or confused fact could be devastating to your personal injury case.
• Posting on social media – While insurance adjusters and defense attorneys investigate your case, they’ll likely take to your social media accounts to find any small piece of “evidence” that you’re not as injured as you claim to be. Even if your profiles are set to private, they may find ways around settings in order to obtain photos or posts. The best thing to do while pursuing a personal injury case is to simply leave your social media alone as much as possible.
• Signing away rights – You may be approached with releases and other documents requiring your signature, and while most are completely innocuous, some may have fine print that waives your right to a lawsuit or settlement. Before signing anything, have your attorney thoroughly search through the fine print and make sure that you’re retaining all of your rights.
• Skipping appointments – The weeks following a slip and fall or car accident are already stressful ones but don’t allow this to tempt you into postponing or skipping medical appointments. Listening to your doctors, following their care regimen, and listening to their advice lets the insurance company or opposite party’s legal team know you’re taking your health and your injury seriously. The most important thing you can show is that you’re taking your health seriously.
• Disposing of evidence – Deleting photos from your phone, throwing away prescription bottles, or misplacing medical documents are all great hindrances to your lawsuit or insurance settlement. The best thing a person can do is paint a full picture of their injuries, their treatment, and their road to recovery, and disposing of evidence is like tearing chunks out of that picture and throwing them away. Before disposing of anything that could be considered evidence, run any actions you’re about to take with your personal injury attorney.
Honest individuals suffering from accident injuries inadvertently hurt their settlement potential every day by making common mistakes. To learn about what you can do to create a strong Florida personal injury case, contact us at GetMeJustice.com today.