Common Mistakes to Avoid During Your Personal Injury ClaimTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. March 07, 2019
When you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may not know how to react. If you decide to pursue a claim for your injuries, there are mistakes you should avoid that could have a detrimental effect on your ability to collect fair compensation. These mistakes include:
Not Receiving and Following Through With Medical Care
Even if you feel like your injuries are not serious, you should seek a medical evaluation after an accident. A doctor can assess the extent of your injuries and prescribe treatment. A report from a doctor linking your injury to the accident is an essential part of your case. It’s also important that you follow through with any recommended treatment and keep all of your doctor and therapy appointments.
Failing to Get Proper Documentation
Make sure to get proper documentation including receipts related to your medical care, vehicle repair, and any other expenses you’ve incurred as a result of the accident. These documents are essential to show your losses.
Waiting to Pursue a Claim
It’s important to act quickly and not wait until the last minute to pursue a claim. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to collect documentation and get witness statements. The sooner you can get a lawyer working on your case, the better.
Withholding Details From Your Lawyer
Your lawyer needs to know every pertinent detail of your case. This includes information about your medical expenses, as well as information about pre-existing medical conditions. Err on the side of providing your lawyer with as much information as possible. Never lie about the circumstances of your accident.
Posting About Your Case on Social Media
It may seem natural to post about the details of your life on social media, but resist the urge to share what happened in your accident. Even if your social media accounts are set to private, you should still treat them as if they’re public. An insurance company or opposing party may try to take your words and use them against you.
Failing to Hire a Lawyer
Hiring a Tampa lawyer that focuses on personal injury cases can be very advantageous. Your lawyer can handle all communications with insurance companies so that you can focus on healing. A lawyer can also help you fight effectively to pursue the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, the experienced lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk are here to help you through the process. Contact us online or call us at 1-800-538-4878 to set up your free consultation today.