What Mistakes Not To Make In A Car Accident Lawsuit?
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Accidents, such as falling off a ladder, tripping on a staircase, being burned by a faulty product, or being struck by a car, can alter one’s life. If you have suffered a severe personal injury, you are aware of this. If the accident was not your fault, you must identify the responsible party.
Even if you were partially at fault, you are entitled to monetary compensation from anyone whose share of fault exceeded yours. You should be compensated by the individual’s auto, homeowners, or business liability insurance company. If you have uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage, your own insurer may compensate you for vehicle-related injuries.
Mistakes To Avoid in A Car Accident Lawsuit
1. Lying About the Details of Your Case
If an insurance company catches you in a lie – as their insurance adjusters are trained to do – it may be nearly impossible to win your case.
If you are hurt in a car accident, you are entitled to compensation. It’s that easy. Always tell the truth when discussing your case with your attorney, insurance company, or in court. It may not set you free (remember, lawsuits are civil cases), but it will help you receive the most compensation possible.
2. Underestimating the Insurance Company’s Surveillance
In any car accident case, the insurance company’s sole objective is to demonstrate that you do not require or merit compensation.
Insurance companies routinely conduct surveillance on individuals who file lawsuits against them. The objective? Demonstrate that the plaintiff (you) is more capable than they claim. For instance, if a plaintiff claims they can’t walk without a cane following a car accident, the insurance company may attempt to obtain photographs of them walking unaided.
Even if the plaintiff cannot normally walk without a cane or can only do so for short distances, evidence of them walking without one could be detrimental to their case. Expect to be monitored by your insurance company, especially if your case is worth a significant amount of money.
3. Posting on social media
Insurance adjusters and defense attorneys enjoy scouring social media accounts, blogs, and websites in search of evidence to use against plaintiffs. Like surveillance, digital research can assist adjusters and attorneys in attempting to disprove a plaintiff’s injury claims.
We typically advise clients to cease all social media activity for the duration of their case. However, if you are unable to do so, please consult your attorney or legal team before posting. They can help you avoid posting potentially damaging content.
4. Accidentally Signing Away Your Rights
Insurance companies routinely attempt to entice victims of personal injuries into signing duplicitous agreements that are detrimental to their own best interests. It is common for tort releases to include language waiving a party’s right to future injury claims or granting an insurance company access to your medical records.
Before signing any agreement, you should consult your attorney. They will help you determine whether an agreement is advantageous.
At Oracle Law Firm, we are committed to assisting those who have been injured in car accidents in obtaining the financial compensation they require to heal. You can get the care and counsel you deserve by calling us at (888) 547-1778 or getting in touch with us online.