We have discussed what to do and what not to do after an automobile accident. It’s important to fulfill your obligations at an accident scene to make sure everyone who needs it receives medical care. It’s the law that you provide information about your identity and evidence of insurance.
But what about if you are injured due to someone else’s carelessness, negligence, or professional malpractice? You may have a case for damages, and there things you must be aware of in order to protect your rights. Here are some tips that you should read and remember, they could make the difference between your rights being protected and your rights being disregarded.
1 – Lying. One you say something that is not the truth, it will be unlikely that a judge or jury will believe you are telling the truth about anything. The best thing to do if you are the victim in a potential court case is to remain silent and ask for legal guidance. Never lie.
2 – Talk with others about your case. Just don’t do it. People may be inquisitive about what happened, how, and other details. Often people twist things around and you should ask your attorney before speaking with insurance investigators, other attorneys, or witnesses.
3 – Social Media. People today have the urge to post on social media everything they do. Pictures of breakfast, their cat playing, everything. You may want to share details about your injuries, and photographs. It’s not a good idea. Once again, that can wait until after your case is resolved.
4 – Signing documents. It’s fairly common for attorneys to rush to sign settlement agreements with victims. Never sign anything without asking your attorney for advice first.
5 – Waiting too long to consult an attorney. Every state has time restraints on when you must file a case, when you have to present evidence, question witnesses and other rules pertaining to time. If you are injured, seek out a qualified attorney right away.
6 – Ignoring medical advice or hiding a previous condition. Once again, doctors and attorneys are professionals. If you are asked to do something by a doctor you are seeing about your injuries, do it. Failure to do so may jeopardize your case. And never conceal the truth about previous incidents or injuries. The truth will eventually emerge.
Conclusion: Insurance companies don’t want to pay you for your injuries and they will use whatever means necessary to avoid it. You hire an attorney to guide you through the legal process of obtaining justice and fair compensation. Trust your attorney. Call when you’re not about something, no matter how trivial it may seem to you.
The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has been working with victims of accidents, negligence, and professional malpractice for over 20 years. We have seen every conceivable angle used by defendants and insurance companies to twist the truth and get out of paying what is right. You may reach us by calling 954-356-0006 and we will be happy to discuss your options.