How to Avoid the Top California Personal Injury Claim Mistakes
If you have been hurt in a vehicle collision, motorcycle crash, or during a slip and fall accident, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Los Angeles, California to avoid the common pitfalls that can damage your case’s integrity before negotiations even begin.
Here are a few tips on avoiding the common mistakes that can derail your personal injury case before it even gets started.
Mistake #1: Dismissing immediate or ongoing medical care.
If you are in an accident of any kind, you must seek medical care right away to determine the extent of your injuries. The insurance company will not take your word for it that you have been hurt in a crash with their client — we must prove you were injured in that collision before we can pursue financial recovery.
That means you must seek medical care after the crash occurs. You must also follow all the physician’s care instructions and never miss a follow-up appointment with any medical service provider.
The moment you miss an appointment or dismiss the physician’s care instructions, the insurance company will claim that you were never hurt to begin with and will dismiss your claim.
Mistake #2: Providing a statement or signing releases supplied by the insurance company.
Insurance company representatives have decades of experience in applying deceitful tactics when obtaining information from injury victims.
They will pretend to care about your injuries and your circumstances to obtain a statement from you that could compromise your case. They will also ask you to sign a release for your medical records that will allow them to review your injuries, under the guise of helping. None of this is true. They are simply looking for ways to avoid paying you the financial recovery you deserve.
Never give a statement to the insurance company without an experienced personal injury attorney by your side.
Never sign anything without having your personal injury lawyer review it first.
Never underestimate the tactics the insurance company will employ to destroy the integrity of your case.
Mistake #3: Discussing your case on social media.
If you have been in an accident and have suffered a personal injury, it is time to take a break from all social media.
Posting updates on your physical or emotional injuries will only give the insurance company leverage when reviewing your case, as they will manipulate all updates to fit their needs.
One innocent statement about “feeling better” or a single image of you enjoying a meal in a restaurant with friends can destabilize your case in seconds.
If you have been hurt in an accident, disable your social media accounts so you are not tempted to talk about your case, and so no one can “tag” you in their posts.
Everything that is placed online is considered public information and can be used against you in court.
Protect Your Rights with the Help of Our Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorneys
While many factors can hurt your case, there are also many things you can do to strengthen your financial recovery pursuit, and that begins with hiring an experienced personal injury attorney.
At the Land Legal Group, our Los Angeles County personal injury lawyers focus on protecting our clients, so they can focus on their physical and emotional recovery while we pursue the best financial outcome available for their unique case.
If you have been hurt in a traffic collision, while in a restaurant or parking lot, or in an accident that was caused by another’s negligence, contact our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers at the Land Legal Group today at (310)552-3501 to schedule a free consultation.