Have you been injured in a car accident? You may have been told that you are entitled to compensation for your injuries-and that's true-but compensation is never a guarantee in any car accident claim. To increase the chances of recovering the compensation you deserve, be sure to avoid these common mistakes:
Forgetting to Tell the Doctor All of Your Symptoms
It's imperative that you seek medical attention immediately following a car accident so you have a record of the injuries you have sustained in the accident. When talking to your doctor, be sure to let him know of every single symptom you are experiencing regardless of how minor you think it may be. Why? Something as minor as a headache could develop into a serious condition such as a concussion. If you don't let your doctor know about it right away, but then go back for medical attention once the symptoms have worsened, there's no way to prove that the injury was caused during the accident.
Talking About the Case on Social Media
Any good personal injury attorney will tell you to stay off of social media after a car accident until you receive a settlement. Why? Insurance adjusters and attorneys will be watching your social media pages to look for evidence that you are lying about your injuries. Let's say an old friend comments on your Facebook and asks how you've been. If you write back, "I've been great-how about you?" this could be used against you in your claim. The adjuster or attorney may argue that you must not be suffering serious injuries if you describe your condition as "great." To avoid these misunderstandings, it's best to steer clear of social media.
Giving A Recorded Statement
Insurance companies will ask you to give a formal statement regarding the accident, but you should always say no until you have talked to an attorney. An attorney can advise you on what to say so you don't accidentally say something that could be taken out of context by the insurance company and used against you. Even if your insurance company says you are required to give a statement, don't do it until you have consulted with an attorney.
Not Hiring An Attorney
Car accident victims do not automatically receive compensation. Car accident claims can be complex, and it may be difficult to prove the other party was actually at fault, or that your injuries were sustained during the accident. Because of this, it's essential that you hire a personal injury attorney with experience representing car accident victims.
If you have been injured in a car accident, it's imperative to seek legal representation right away. Contact personal injury attorney James Rush at Rush Injury Law as soon as possible after the accident. Don't sign anything or make any formal statements regarding the accident until you have spoken with James Rush. Call 415-897-4801 or fill out the
online form on our website www.rushinjurylaw.com to request a free consultation.