When someone else’s negligent or malicious behavior causes an accident in which you’ve been injured, a personal injury claim may allow you to collect compensation for your losses. However, the liable party and their insurer will likely have attorneys working to minimize your award, so your actions can have a dramatic impact on the success of your case. The following do’s and don’ts will help protect your interests and ensure a just outcome for your case.
If you’re physically able, take photos of the accident scene, including any conditions that may have contributed to your injuries. Pictures of your own injuries, both before and after receiving medical treatment, can be powerful evidence compelling the insurer to make a fair offer for your damages. You should also get the names and contact information for any witnesses who can confirm what happened.
Seek medical attention.
Many injuries do not present symptoms immediately, especially those sustained in auto accidents or other traumatic events. Even if you do not appear seriously injured, seek medical attention as soon after the accident as possible.
Speak to the insurer.
Insurance adjusters and attorneys are adept at soliciting statements that can then be used against you. To protect your interests, it’s best to let your personal injury attorney handle all communication with the insurer.
Discuss your case on social media.
The contents of your social media accounts can be used as evidence that your injuries are no as serious as you claim, or that you were actually at fault for the accident. In fact, because anything you say may be taken out of context, it’s best to refrain from social media entirely until the conclusion of your personal injury case.
After an accident, you need a personal injury lawyer who truly cares about your well-being to fight for your rights. From their offices in Dothan, AL, Carey & Hamner, P.C. provides aggressive, compassionate representation to victims throughout the area, building a reputation for individualized service in a wide range of situations. Visit their website or call (855) 435-4797 to schedule your initial consultation, and follow their Facebook for more tips and updates.