People often file personal injury cases with serious misconceptions, and these issues can lead to claims being lost entirely or settled on less than favorable terms. Here are four mistakes that can cause you to lose your case.
1. No Representation
Attorneys help you file paperwork, work with the court, negotiate with the defense, and sign legal documents. If you don’t have an attorney, there are many places throughout the process where action or inaction could hurt your case.
2. Social Media
Many people document their lives on social media, but your feed (or your friend’s feed) could be used as evidence against your claim. Posts on Facebook about how great you’re feeling could be used as evidence to claim that your pain and suffering isn’t real.
3. Lack of Documentation
It’s critical that your documentation is as thorough as possible after your injury. One of the first things you should do is contact the police and file a report, so you can start keeping an official record of the incident.
At some point during your case, the insurance company will put you in contact with a claims adjuster. Plaintiffs who misspeak or speculate on their case to the claims adjuster could seriously damage their claim. Usually, it’s best to decline to comment until you have your attorney there to advise you.
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