There have been many instances where a client’s careless actions have led attorneys to lose a potential case. Sometimes, people unintentionally make certain mistakes that hurt their case and affect the amount of compensation they could recover otherwise. Often, people avoid hiring an attorney and rely on their insurance companies to get the best possible settlement for their injuries from an auto accident, thinking that the insurer is working for their best interests. In reality, however, they try to minimize the value of your auto accident claim as much as possible in order to avoid paying large sums of money to you.
To make sure your actions do not lower the value of your auto accident claim, here we have shared a few common mistakes that most people make during their case.
Signing Documents without Consulting Your Attorney
Never sign any document without first getting it checked by your auto accident attorney. Sometimes, simple mini-tort releases have fine print that enables defendant’s insurance company to violate your privacy rights and access your medical records or waives future injury claims. It is best that you show every piece of paper that comes your way to the attorney before signing it.
Being Active on Social Media during the Case Proceedings
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media networks are public-facing websites where anyone can easily see your activity. Because they have become an integral part of our everyday life, they are thoroughly investigated by defense attorneys and insurance adjusters to gather evidence to minimize your claim. Even if you have set strict privacy settings, there are ways to access your pictures, videos, and other things shared you have shared on your account. This digital information can be used as evidence to prove that the personal injury from the accident has not affected you as you claim it to be, which can potentially affect your case.
Not Taking your Doctor’s Advice Seriously
One of the most important pieces of evidence in a personal injury case is the medical records and doctor’s opinion about your condition. Some people think they do not need to keep a commitment to their doctor’s appointments or avoid getting any therapy for recovery. However, in order to make your case stronger, you need to show that you are trying your best to get better. And for that, you should keep all prescriptions, braces, casts, medication bottles, and other items pertaining to your injury, so that they can be used to show the authenticity of your personal injuries.
Auto accident cases are complex and involve a lot of intricacies that can lead a person to make potential mistakes, hurting their ability to recover adequate compensation for their injuries. It is recommended to work with an experienced auto accident attorney to make sure you do not end up making the above mistakes and affecting your claim. Contact the Law Offices of Robert T. Edens, P.C. at (847) 395-2200 or online today to schedule your initial consultation.