After being struck by a
drunk driver or
slipping and falling in a puddle left in an aisle of a retail store, you might feel pretty
confident that your
personal injury claim is a guaranteed win. But you must be aware that there are always ways
a case can tip out of your favor. In fact, there are six commonly-made
mistakes plaintiffs make that strip away their winnings and put liability
for their injuries back onto themselves. Needless to say, these mistakes
must be avoided first and foremost.
Oversharing: The only people who should really know all the details of your personal
injury claim from your perspective are yourself and your personal injury
attorney. Beyond that, no one, not even close family members, need
all the specifics. Spreading your story around to numerous people increases
the chance of inconsistencies between iterations, which lowers your credibility
and chances of securing maximized compensation.
Social media: In line with telling too many people about your case, you should avoid
talking about it on social media. Facebook and Twitter are great places
to vent your frustrations but they are not the right forum when you are
still fighting for compensation. Even information you put on private accounts
could potentially be accessed by the defendant, who will be looking everywhere
for evidence of your negligent behavior that could be the cause of your injuries.
Fast settlements: It is surely tempting to accept the first settlement offer you are given
– guaranteed money seems pretty great – but you must resist.
Don’t sign anything without talking to your attorney first. You
could be signing for a fraction of the coverage you deserve and require.
Rather than outright refusing an offer, just let them know that you must
talk to your lawyer about it.
Falsifying information: No matter what happened during your accident or the incident that led
to your injuries, don’t lie. Someone will find out eventually and
your integrity will be shattered, giving any judges or counsel that get
involved with your case plenty of reason to disfavor your argument. Once
again, to avoid oversharing and harming your case that way, don’t
give recorded statement to insurance companies without first consulting
Skipping the doctor: If you need to see the doctor dozens of times after your accident, do it.
The moment you skip a scheduled doctor’s appointment or checkup
is the moment the defendants can claim your injuries were worsened by
your inability to follow a doctor’s orders. This would put liability
solely onto your shoulders.
Losing evidence: When you have evidence regarding your case, you need to keep and copy it.
Documents, videos, and photographs should be saved to two separate drives
at least. You might even want to look into cloud storage to protect digital
files from localized data crashes.
There are a great deal of mistakes a person can inadvertently make when
filing a personal injury claim, or waiting for a claim to conclude. In
order to keep track of them all and do your best to avoid making them,
you should work with Clawson & Clawson, LLP. Our Colorado Springs
personal injury attorneys can bring 120+ years of total experience to
your case to help you.
Call 719.602.5888 or
contact us online to begin.