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8 Common Mistakes When Making a Personal Injury Claim

If you’ve been injured in an accident, your first priority is getting the medical care you need. After having your injuries assessed and treated, you should take the steps necessary to see that your rights are protected so you can get the compensation you deserve.  Here is where many personal injury accident victims can make mistakes. Because every personal injury case is different, guidance may be needed to address the complexities of your unique situation, and a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can help.  Here, the personal injury experts at David W. Singer & Associates, P.A. point out the eight most common personal injury case mistakes and how you can avoid them to ensure the best possible outcome. 1. Failing to Start The Case Immediately  Many victims of personal injury cases simply wait too long to file a personal injury claim. As mentioned, the first step following an accident is seeking the needed medical care right away. After you get the medical attention your injuries require, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Doing so quickly will give them time to contact your insurance company and get you the compensation you deserve for your medical care and other losses. In addition, it is important to note that each state has a statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits. The statute of limitations begins on the date of the accident and can be as short as one year or as long as six years. If you file your claim after the statute of limitation has passed, your case will be dismissed. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney will know the guidelines, as...

Why Facebooking about your Personal Injury Case is a Big “No-No”

Social media, in general, is not good for your personal injury case. You may think that sharing details about your case – even in a private message – will make you feel better or that your friends will give you good advice, but it can actually damage the credibility of your case. Facebook is the first place that your insurance company or defendant’s lawyer will check in order to find information to use against you. Your social media accounts may be private, but there is always a way to access them, especially when a judge orders you to give the defendant’s lawyer your passwords because they believe there is something they could use against your case. Some of the aspects of social media that can be used in opposition to you include videos or photos that you are tagged in or have posted, statuses, and private messages. Defendant lawyers are looking for anything that could potentially prove that you hurt yourself at a different location or negligent person. Just be cautious when posting during a personal injury case and remember that even if you delete a post, it is there forever. The defendant lawyers and insurance companies are there to make your claim go away so they will do anything it takes, which includes reinterpreting your posts’ meaning in order to hurt your claim. The best-case scenario is to not post at all, but if you must post, try to follow these terms to avoid common social media mistakes: Let everyone know not to post anything about you, which includes tagging and messaging. Do not tell them this through...