If you were injured in an accident and decide to pursue a personal injury lawsuit, what you do next has the potential to make or break your case. Here’s what you shouldn’t do if you don’t want to have a negative impact on your case.
Posting About Your Accident on Social Media
Venting on social media is a common way to get frustrations out, and it may seem like the perfect place to air grievances about your accident. Or, you may want to update family and friends on what happened and let them know how you’re doing.
Unfortunately, discussing your accident online can give the other side’s insurance company ammunition against you and may even potentially result in the dismissal of your case. Lay low when it comes to social and either don’t post at all, or stick with sharing other users’ content.
Paying a Traffic Ticket If You Were in a Car Accident
If you were in a car accident and were issued a ticket, don’t pay it. This is the same as admitting guilt, and in many cases, traffic violations will cause you to automatically be named the at-fault party. Discuss the ticket and potential defenses with your attorney.
Not Taking Detailed Notes After the Accident
After your injury, purchase a journal and write down as much as you remember about the accident. Then, record how you’re doing each day, such as how much pain you’re in and how your injuries are healing. This can give you critical information for your case that you may otherwise forget.
Settling Before Your Injuries Are Healed
If you’re offered a settlement by the other side’s insurance company before you are fully healed, you could compromise your ability to obtain additional compensation if the settlement isn’t enough. It’s critical to wait until you’ve made as much progress as you’re expected to make, so you have an accurate idea of the value of your case.
Not Hiring an Experienced Accident Attorney
Neglecting to hire a seasoned California personal injury attorney is perhaps one of the most impactful mistakes you can make when filing a lawsuit.
Don’t wait to get help if you or a loved one were injured in an accident through no fault of your own. You may be eligible for financial compensation for your injuries. Contact Carl Brown today for a consultation at (559) 431-4400.