What should I not say or do to avoid damaging my case?
After a car accident, it’s crucial to be aware that your actions and words can significantly impact the outcome of your case. What you say or do in the aftermath of the auto accident can potentially affect your ability to seek compensation for damages.
What Should I Not Say or Do to Avoid Harming My Claim or Lawsuit?
When filing a claim or lawsuit, you must avoid making the following statements or taking the following actions:
Admitting Fault or Apologizing
In the immediate aftermath of an accident, it’s natural to feel disoriented or distressed. However, avoid apologizing or admitting fault, even if you think you might be partially responsible. These types of statements can be misconstrued and used against you later.
Saying Too Much and/or Providing Too Much Information
When speaking with the other party involved or their insurance adjuster, avoid providing too much information. Stick to the facts of the accident and refrain from discussing your physical condition or making any statements about your well-being.
Discussing the Accident on Social Media
Social media platforms can be a double-edged sword. Avoid discussing the accident or your injuries on social media, as these posts can be used as evidence against you.
Delaying or Avoiding Medical Treatment
Seeking prompt medical attention is essential for your well-being and your case. Delaying medical treatment can be interpreted as a lack of seriousness about your injuries or even as an attempt to minimize their impact.
Providing Recorded Statements to Insurance Adjusters
While it’s necessary to report the accident to your insurance company, avoid providing recorded statements to other parties’ insurance adjusters without consulting an attorney. Their goal might be to get you to say something that could harm your case.
Exaggerating or Misrepresenting Injuries
Be truthful about your injuries when speaking to medical professionals, therapists, or insurance representatives. Exaggerating or misrepresenting your injuries can undermine your credibility and damage your case.
Not Following Medical Advice and/or Missing Appointments
Follow all recommended medical treatments and attend all scheduled appointments. Failing to do so might be interpreted as a lack of commitment to your recovery and could negatively affect your compensation claim.
Discussing the Details of the Accident With Others
While it’s natural to want to discuss the accident with friends and family, avoid sharing too many details. Conversations can be misconstrued, and statements might be taken out of context.
Accepting a Quick Settlement Offer from the Insurance Company
Insurance companies might offer quick settlements to minimize their liability. However, these offers might not fully cover your damages. It’s wise to consult an attorney before accepting any settlement offer.
Engaging in Unprofessional or Aggressive Behavior
Whether at the accident scene or during negotiations, aggressive behavior can harm your credibility. Stay composed and respectful when dealing with all parties involved.
Contact Us Today
To protect your rights and your claim, you must make sure you’re taking the necessary steps to preserve your case. Speaking with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible following a motor vehicle collision is essential. At Friedland & Associates, we offer free consultations to discuss your case and provide you with the guidance and support you need to recover the compensation you deserve for damages and other losses. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you in seeking fair compensation for your damages.