7 Factors That Might Negatively Affect Your Personal Injury Case
Every personal injury case is unique. However, while the circumstances for each case may be different, there are certain factors that are common to almost every personal injury claim.
1. Failing to Call a Personal Accident Lawyer
If you have just been involved in an accident, your first task should be to contact an accident lawyer. However, most people put this off for too long. If in spite of the accident you are in a position to call your lawyer, contact him or her immediately. You could also request a family member or a friend to call the lawyer on your behalf. Whatever you do, get your personal injury lawyer involved as soon as possible. Failure to do this could negatively affect your personal injury case.
2. Not Documenting Details of the Accident Scene
Failure to document the accident scene could end up hurting your personal injury case. After an accident, make sure you document as much of the scene as possible. Taking a couple of pictures or recording the scene on video could prove very useful during your case.
3. Failure to Get Contact Details of the Driver at Fault
Not being able to identify the driver at fault could seriously jeopardize your case. After an accident, write down the details of the driver at fault. If this is not possible, note the number plate of the vehicle at fault. It is always a herculean task to attempt to prove a personal injury case if the identity of the driver at fault or their car’s registration number is unknown.
4. Conceding Responsibility for the Accident
Whatever you think happened, or whomever you believe was at fault, do not accept responsibility. You are not at fault until a court of law determines culpability. Avoid talking about the accident or engaging in arguments about the accident with anyone. Always leave the talking to your claims lawyer.
5. Not Seeing a Doctor Soon Enough
First, you need to see a doctor as soon as possible to have your injuries treated. Second, seeing a doctor immediately after an accident starts the process of generating critical evidence about your injuries and how you got them. If you wait too long before seeing a doctor, you may later have problems convincing a claims court that the injuries were as a result of the accident. If you do not have the necessary medical documents to prove you sought treatment for the injuries you received from an accident, a cunning insurance company lawyer may try to make the case that your injuries were not caused by the accident.
6. Running to Post Accident Details on Social Media
Another mistake people make is running to social media to tell their harrowing story. However tempting it might be to show off your injuries on social media, do not do it. Whatever you share on social media can later return to ruin your case. You can bet that claims adjusters and defence lawyers for the insurance company will be crawling all over your social media network to look for evidence that could damage your case.
If caught, lying on your claim application form could land you in deep trouble. This is a serious crime that clever insurance lawyers can use to discredit your claim on the grounds that the lying constitutes a fraud. If a fraud case is proved against you, chances are that your personal injury claim could be voided.
Proving a personal injury case is not easy. It can be even harder if your claims lawyer is incompetent. Always make sure that you have competent legal representation to enhance your chances of getting the compensation you deserve.