Were you involved in an automobile accident that resulted in an injury? If so, you may think that you have the situation handled on your own. The truth is that many mistakes can be made in these cases that will affect how much compensation you receive to help pay for your injuries. Make sure that you do not make any of these mistakes when dealing with your car accident–related injury.
Neglecting Medical Treatment
If you have an injury that is serious enough to justify a lawsuit to seek compensation, you will need to have your injury treated at sooner rather than later. The mistake that many people make is being afraid to go to the ER due to a high co-pay or being worried about a big bill in the end. If you are not responsible for the accident, then you have nothing to worry about. You'll be able to get reimbursed for all your medical bills, so you will not be out any money to help get better.
By delaying your medical treatment, you cast doubt on how the injury actually happened and how serious it is. You do not want a lawyer for the defendant to look at your treatment dates and compare them to the accident date, and then try to blame your injury on an unrelated accident.
Making Statements Without A Lawyer
It is likely that many people will reach out to you in order to get a statement about what happened. You will need to be a bit cautious about these requests since they could end up harming your case. The lawyer for the defendant is looking for any way to lower how much compensation will be owed, and one way to do that is by getting you to make a statement about what happened. If they can catch you off guard and say something that can be used against you, it could end up costing you in the form of reduced compensation. Always check with your auto accident lawyer when making a statement to ensure you're not saying something that can harm your case.
Posting Updates On Social Media
Want to have a positive outlook to your social media followers about what happened to you in the car accident? Know that all your posts can be considered as a statement as well. You may want to look on the bright side and say you are doing great, but that can be taken out of context when evaluating the seriousness of your injury.