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When you are involved in a car accident, the last thing you want to do is ruin your injury case. Unfortunately, many people do it unknowingly or with good intentions in mind. Here are six things that you need to consider that might put you in a bad situation.
1. Talking About the Case
When it comes to the details of your case, the best thing you can do is keep quiet. Do not talk to friends about it, do not post about it on social media websites like Facebook and certainly do not talk to insurance adjusters or their lawyers about it. If someone comes to you with questions, direct him or her to your lawyer.
2. Avoiding the Doctor
When you are injured, it is important to go to all doctor’s appointments and follow your physician’s advice. Not doing so may make you appear as if you are not really hurt. Even if you are feeling better, stick with whatever your doctor says you should do as you continue to recover. If for example you were involved in a minor fender-bender in Ohio, a Toledo personal injury attorney would still recommend that you visit a doctor immediately after your accident.
3. Not Taking Photo Evidence
The best way to prove your injuries, as well as damage to your car and property, is to take pictures and plenty of them. Even if you just use your camera phone, get evidence of everything. If you have to have surgery or a medical procedure, take pictures of the aftermath – scars, stitches and even prescription bottles. If you are not comfortable taking the pictures, have your lawyer come do it. Video of parts of your daily routine that have been affected by your accident is also a good idea.
4. Losing Contact with Your Lawyer
If you ever have a question about the case, the best place to turn is the lawyer who is representing you. After all, he or she is working for you, so no question should be looked at as too big or too small. Keep your lawyer informed of any major changes in your day-to-day life, such as ways your injury is affecting your work or ability to maintain your life at home.
5. Being Dishonest
Never be dishonest, plain and simple. Be truthful with your lawyer and any insurance professionals you deal with. Do not exaggerate your injury, either, as you never know when someone will hire an investigator to take a look into your life.
6. Waiting Too Long
If you are injured in an accident, you need to report it immediately, as well as visit your doctor immediately. The longer you wait, the more it will appear as if you are being dishonest. There may even be a statute of limitations in your state.
When it comes to your car accident injury case, the best thing to do is be honest about everything, stay in contact with your lawyer and follow all rules. The slightest deviation can ruin your case.