6 Mistakes That Can Impact Your Personal Injury Lawsuit
When you have been involved in an accident and file a personal injury lawsuit, you are hoping to get the full compensation that you deserve. However, many times people have evidence used against them in a distorted or misleading fashion in order to shortchange what they are truly owed. Luckily, this can often be prevented by the awareness of which mistakes can impact your recovery and keeping them in mind.
1. Posting on social media
While social media can be good for many things, posting about the accident or your injuries on any sites is not one of them. The simplest things that you write – including comments on other people’s profiles or pictures – can be twisted and used against you. Likewise, pictures that you post or are posted of you can also be used to combat your assertions. For example, if you claim to have injured your back, yet you “check-in” on social media at a rock climbing gym nothing good can come of it.
2. Signing a “deal”
Before you sign anything, it is always wise to consult with a qualified attorney. What may seem like a great offer may bar you from receiving what you may actually deserve. Other releases may even have fine print that allows for the at-fault insurance company to access your medical records.
3. Ignoring your doctor’s advice
It’s hardly ever a good idea to ignore what your doctor tells you, but it is definitely not a good idea when you are involved in a personal injury case. Following your doctor’s advice also includes showing up for every appointment and not taking breaks from the treatment that you should be receiving. It is very important that you show that you are doing all that you can to minimize the damage and get better. In the same vein, it is a good idea to preserve evidence of your medical treatment, such as saving pill bottles, casts, braces, etc.
4. Failing to document everything
As with your medical treatment, when you have been involved in a personal injury case you must remember to always document everything. This includes taking pictures or videos regularly of your injury and any treatments or surgeries you endure. This also includes documenting the damage to your vehicle.
5. Renewing your license
Whether you are a commercial driver or a licensed fisherman, it is always important to consult with a qualified attorney prior to renewing those licenses, as this information is publicly accessible and could potentially be used against you in several ways.
6. Talking about your case
You should always refrain from talking to anyone about your case other than your attorney. This includes anyone hired by the at-fault driver or insurance company. If someone calls you to ask you anything, always direct him or her to your attorney.
The Goss Law Firm, P.C. Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, at no fault of your own, you should not be responsible for the consequences of their actions. That’s why it is so important to consult with an experienced and knowledgeable Kansas City Lawyers. To learn more or to schedule a FREE consultation, call the Goss Law Firm at 816-527-8658 today!