When pursing a personal injury case, there are five things you should keep in mind to avoid sabotaging your claim.
Not Being Honest
While you want to be careful when you speak to the insurance company, you should never lie to them, your doctor, or your attorney. Be honest with your attorney about prior collisions or injuries. Credibility is important. Letting your attorney inform the insurer will be more helpful to your case.
Be very careful what you post on social media. Make sure your accounts are “Private,” but even then be aware of what you are posting and what others may be posting about you. Insurers may still be able to see your accounts through your friends’ feeds. Avoid posting anything about your daily activities and ask friends not to tag you or mention you in their posts.
Not Keeping Your Case Confidential
Only talk about your case with your lawyer. If an insurance adjuster or other party attempts to contact you, direct all questions to your attorney. You should also avoid mentioning details about your case to your family and friends.
Not Following Medical Advice
If your doctor has given you certain restrictions, such as not lifting heavy items, do not lift heavy items. Make sure not to miss appointments and follow your doctor’s medical advice.
Signing Something Without Consulting Your Attorney
Never, ever sign something without checking with your lawyer. Signing something, even something that seems like it may be okay to sign could result in you giving up your legal rights to pursue a claim.