If you are making a personal injury claim, you are hoping to recover money for medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional damage you have experienced as a result of an accident. It is important to be aware of common mistakes you can make that can severely damage your case or ruin your chances of receiving the financial compensation you deserve.
Do not sign any document related to your accident. Insurance companies will encourage you to sign forms early on in the process of car repairs and medical treatment. Though these documents seem simple and unassuming on the surface, many have complicated hidden clauses and fine print that the insurance company assumes you will not read. You can quickly and easily unknowingly sign away your right to pursue a case against the insurance company and release them from further responsibility for future injuries that may arise.
Be extremely cautious of what you post on social media. Your online social media profiles will certainly be used as evidence against you in your personal injury case. If you are asking for financial reimbursement for emotional distress or physical hindrance, yet continue to post online images and statements that make you appear healthy and happy, you can discredit the claims you are making in court. Temporary suspension of all social media use is recommended during a case. If you choose to maintain your profiles, it is essential that you maintain the highest privacy settings and do not accept any new friend requests until the case is resolved.
Attend all of your medical appointments. It is important that you follow every recommendation pertaining to your injury made by your physician. Missed appointments and ignored recommendations for treatment will make it seem as though you are not concerned about your wellbeing or your recovery. If you do not seem concerned with getting better, the court will not be concerned with compensating you for your claimed hardship.
Be honest with your attorney about everything. Do not keep any information pertaining to the case to yourself. Even if the information is not favorable, it is important not to attempt to hide it. Secrets will almost always become known in court. Being upfront with your attorney about everything will allow you to build your strongest case possible.
Keep your expectations realistic. Do not assume that winning your case will make you rich. Your attorney will work to see that you have the most favorable outcome possible and that all of your medical expenses and financial needs for recovery are met. It is important that you trust your attorney to work hard on the case, and for you to focus on your recovery. The ultimate goal of your lawsuit is not to become wealthy. It is to recover the life you had before the accident occurred.
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury as a result of an accident, Urban & Taylor, S.C., Milwaukee, WI personal injury lawyer can help. Our experienced legal team will fight to see that you receive the financial compensation you deserve. Contact Urban & Taylor, S.C. today for a free, zero-obligation consultation of your case. We look forward to helping your life return to normal.