If you are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit, it is important that you avoid these five common mistakes:
- You Forget You Are Under Investigation
Once you make an insurance claim, the insurance company may try to do everything possible to limit the amount it pays for your claim. In some situations, insurance companies may have adjusters or private investigators follow you or stalk your social media pages to try to take pictures or videos of you doing something contrary to your claim. They may try to photograph you taking a vacation, lifting groceries, or doing yard work to try to show that your injury is not as serious as you say.
- You Talk About Your Case on Social Media
Insurance adjusters love social media. This is sometimes a treasure trove of information. Accident victims may understandably reach out to their loved ones for support during this difficult time. However, insurance adjusters may be able to get private details about the case and find people to subpoena if the accident victim talks about their case on social media
- You Reveal Private Details to Others
Anything you say to your lawyer related to your case is protected by attorney/client privilege. However, if you reveal the details of these private conversations to others, your communication is no longer protected. The other side may be able to subpoena these people to whom you have divulged private details, which may hurt your case and your bargaining position
- You Don’t Give Your Lawyer Documents Related to Your Injury
The days and weeks following a car accident can be excruciating. You may be in pain while also worried about missing time from work. You may have difficulty tending to your everyday activities. While this is understandable, it is still important that you provide your personal injury lawyer with your newest medical records, employment records reflecting your dates of missed work, and other documents related to your injury. Failing to do so could result in your injury case settlement being lower than it should be and you not receiving compensation for everything you’re entitled to
- You Ignore Your Doctor’s Advice
While you might be tempted to return to work early, work out, or do other things your doctor has warned you against, try to resist the temptation. Your doctor cares about your health and wants you to recover as quickly and fully as possible. Please follow your doctor’s advice and restrict activities and rest as instructed.
Get Legal Help from Stewart Law Offices Now
If you were injured in a car accident or other personal injury, do not make the mistake of trying to handle your claim on your own. The experienced personal injury team at Stewart Law Offices has more than 25 years in the business and knows how to avoid the common mistakes discussed above. Our results* speak for themselves. We offer a free consultation where we can discuss your claim and how to maximize your personal injury settlement. Contact us today to get started.