When you are injured in an accident caused by the negligence or recklessness of another party, you expect to get paid. However, there is nothing more frustrating to someone who has been injured in an accident than destroying the value of their own injury claim. Below are some common mistakes you should avoid that could harm your personal injury claim and impact your monetary recovery.
Posting on Social Media
Although social media can be a great tool for connecting with your friends and loved ones, it can be harmful in other cases – especially when it comes to a personal injury claim. Even a seemingly harmless post on your social media can have serious, lasting consequences. For instance, if you post an Instagram photo of yourself skiing when you’re supposedly unable to walk, it can and will be found by the insurance adjuster and opposing counsel. Such discrepancies will significantly impact the value of your claim and monetary compensation.
Failing to Follow Your Doctor’s Orders
Following your doctor’s advice on caring for your injuries is important to your recovery process. Moreover, failing to attend recommended appointments is necessary in order to retain the credibility of your injuries. Having gaps in your treatment can result in the insurance adjuster questioning the seriousness of your injuries and ultimately impacting the value of your case.
Providing too Much Information to the Insurance Company
It might be tempting to provide the insurance adjuster with every detail of information that they request in an attempt to quickly resolve the matter. However, this is almost always a bad idea. Providing too much information or providing information in the wrong manner can significantly impact your claim. It is best to immediately consult with an attorney after an accident to guide you on what to say and what not to say and/or do when an adjuster calls you. It is even better policy to hire an attorney and allow them to deal with the insurance company while you focus on your recovery process.
If you or a loved has been injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another party, you should discuss your legal options with an attorney as you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates advocate for their clients’ full financial recovery through hard work and an aggressive approach. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our attorneys, please call 949-727-9300.
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