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Car Accident Lawsuit Mistakes

Let's assume you have a legitimate car accident injuries lawsuit. It would seem to be an open and shut case. There was an accident. You were injured. You're claiming compensation to cover medical costs resulting from your injuries and loss of income. Seems clear cut, doesn't it. Nothing in litigation is ever simple. Remember this before you talk to or write to anyone.

Here are some things to avoid:

Never Lie. You will get tripped up in your own stories. Then the insurance company will have an out. Providing false information on an insurance application can result in the company's refusal to cover your personal injury claims. Big Brother is Watching. You are making a sizable claim. You're an idiot if you think your insurance company and the other driver's insurance company will just write you a check. Insurance companies are in the business of making their shareholders money. Of course they are going to hire people to do surveillance. Expect to be captured on Kodak. If you tried to do something like cut the grass, admit you tried. If you deny something and video proves otherwise, you are screwed. Loose Lips Sink Ships.Do NOT talk about your case to ANYONE-including your family. Speak ONLY t0 your lawyer. If an adjuster wants to discuss your case, refer him to the lawyer who is handling your personal injury case. Stay off Social Media! Insurance companies and defense attorney's ready our Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts, blogs and web pages to find chinks that help them wiggle out of taking responsibility. They are looking for a way to prove you are not as injured as you claim. Stay off social media until the case is settled and you have your money. Do not Sign Anything. Never sign anything unless your lawyer has read it and is there when you sign. Watch Deadlines. Given you were in a car accident and given injuries do not always become obvious immediately, be careful of deadlines. In many states you have a year to make a personal injury claim. Keep all medical appointments. Listen to your doctor. Follow their advice. . Demonstrate that you are working diligently on rehabilitation.Be mindful of what you say at your doctor's. Tell the truth. Don't editorialize. Keep detailed notes of your appointments.