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If you have recently been in a car accident, it is possible that you have lawyered up and are heading to court. Unfortunately, it is incredibly common for people to lose their cases simply because of one of these mistakes. If you want to ensure that you get what you deserve in court, it is essential that you pay attention to avoid these common mistakes.
1. You have lied.
It's pretty easy not to lie, but so many people do it anyway. If you do provide false information to your insurance company, your entire personal injury claim can be voided depending on where you live. It is not uncommon for auto insurance companies to investigate one of the parties involved in a claim. They may use videos, audio, and even social media to demonstrate that may have lied or overstated your injuries. If you have participated in physical activity in spite of an injury, make sure you don't try to cover it up or lie. You don't want to be caught with evidence to prove it.
2. You talk about your case openly.
You may be contacted by a juror, attorney for the other side, or an insurance adjuster. Make sure you do not talk about your case with anybody that the other driver has hired, including the insurance company. You can instead direct these individuals to contact your car accident attorney. Additionally, you do not want to give anybody ammo to investigate via Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media. Keep your accident information off of your blog or website too.
3. You have signed away your rights.
Never sign anything that is sent to you by the car accident attorney for the other side. Even a tort release can waive your right to sue for an injury claim, even if the other driver was at fault for the accident. Never sign anything without consulting your lawyer.
4. You didn't report your case until it was too late.
Benefits like lost wages, medical bills, and attendant care must generally be applied for within the year following the accident. Any later than that and you will not qualify.
5. You have missed medical appointments.
If you aren't listening to your doctors and making regular appointments, it could be construed as a sign that you are not as hurt as you claim to be. You need to take your lawsuit seriously. Show that you are dedicated to getting better. Additionally, make sure that you don't throw away evidence from the doctor that you could have used in court. This means that you shouldn't toss out pill bottles, receipts, prescriptions, or anything else related to your doctor's visits.
If you are involved in a car accident case and or may be in the future, it is important that you begin paying attention as early as possible to the actions you take. Consult with a law firm like Wolter, Beeman & Lynch to learn more.