When you have been injured in an accident caused by the negligent actions of someone else, you may be entitled to compensation. However, just because you are entitled to compensation does not mean that the at-fault party’s insurance carrier will easily pay you the full compensation that you deserve. The carrier will find everything possible to attempt to reduce the value of your case and the pay out that you deserve.
To prevent giving the insurance carrier any excuses, you should avoid making some common mistakes as explained below:
Posting on Social Media
Social media may be a great tool for connecting with friends, but it can prove extremely harmful to personal injury claims. What may seem as a harmless post on your social media can have a major negative impact on your case. For example, if you post a picture of yourself skiing when you supposedly have major back pain, the carrier will discover this picture (because they always do) and use it against you to argue that you are not in pain and don’t deserve the value you claim you do.
Failing to Follow Your Doctor’s Orders
It is important that you follow your doctors’ directions regarding your treatment – both for your health and for the outcome of your personal injury claim. Failing to attend appointments will be used by the insurance adjuster as an indicator that you are not seriously injured. This can ultimately impact the value of your claim.
Providing Too Much Information
You might be tempted to provide the insurance adjuster with all information requested thinking it will help settle your case quicker and for more money. However, this is almost always a bad idea. If you provide too much information or provide information that would not otherwise be discoverable, it can negatively impact your claim. It is best to immediately consult with an attorney after an accident to guide you on what to say and what not to say and/or do when an adjuster calls you. It is even better policy to hire an attorney and allow them to deal with the insurance company while you focus on your recovery process.
Contact an Experienced Stockton Accident Attorney
If you or a loved has been injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another party, you should discuss your legal options with an attorney as you may be entitled to compensation. The Stockton accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates advocate for their clients’ full financial recovery through hard work and an aggressive approach. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our attorneys, please call (209) 323-5558.