What Should I Avoid After Being Injured In An Accident?
I don’t think I need to go to the doctor since I’m not hurt. That’s okay, right?
It’s important to understand that even if you don’t feel like you were hurt in an accident, you may have been. It can take days or even weeks for an injury to manifest, and by then you could have ruined your chances of getting help. PIP coverage only allows you 14 days to get medical help, for example. And the longer that you wait to get medical attention, the harder it can be for your lawyer to prove that you deserve restitution.
I had an injury before the accident. Do I really need to bring it up?
One of the most important things about a personal injury claim is honesty. You need to be open and upfront with medical professionals and with your lawyers during this process. Trying to falsely claim an injury was caused by your accident could make it impossible to get anything for the injuries you did really suffer. The bottom line is that you need to avoid being deceitful or dishonest in any way after your accident.
The insurance company is contacting me. Can’t I talk to them directly?
You could, but if you want to ensure that you get the best possible results from your lawsuit it’s best that you let your attorney handle the process instead. Insurance companies or legal teams for those responsible for your injuries often use bullying techniques or shady tricks to fool you or force you into accepting less than you’re owed. Your attorney understands these tricks and makes sure you don’t fall prey to them.
Is a lawyer that important?
Absolutely. An attorney will be your greatest ally after an accident, and not getting an attorney is one of the biggest mistakes that an injured party can make. Compensation isn’t always easy to get, and it’s common for those who are hurt to be taken advantage of by the powerful legal teams and insurance companies of the other side. Your lawyer will improve your odds of getting compensated for your injuries. And, since they’re working on your legal case you will be free to focus on healing physically and moving on.
What about my records and receipts?
Another mistake to avoid is failing to keep accurate records and documentation. Not only should you be keeping medical bills and receipts, but you also need to keep notes on which days you miss from work, what your injuries have done to your ability to earn, and more. Everything could be used to show the amount of compensation that you’re owed and to prove your case. Even if it’s something that you think is minor and inconsequential, keep documentation. Your lawyer will review it and determine what they can use.
What if I’m offered a settlement?
A: The short answer here is that you need to accept settlement offers only after your lawyer looks them over. A settlement offer from an insurance company is often lower at first than it should be. Your lawyer will review your case and make sure that any settlement offer you’re given is fair and covers your expenses properly.
Can I still use my social media?
Yes, you can continue using social media accounts. However, be mindful of what you post and know that even if you think they aren’t there is a good chance someone is watching. A single post that can be misconstrued or twisted may ruin your chances of getting compensation. For instance, a photo of you dancing from a few years ago that you post today could be assumed to be more recent – and be proof that you aren’t really injured. Always think before you use social media, and when in doubt, simply consider not posting. Your financial stability may depend on it.