What are Some Things I Should Avoid doing During my Personal Injury Case?

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What are Some Things I Should Avoid doing During my Personal Injury Case?

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If you are involved in personal injury litigation, you have one chance to get your case right. Unfortunately, people make mistakes that harm their claim– like not taking doctors and treatment seriously, not documenting their claims, not calling the police, and posting on social media.

These and other pitfalls can reduce or even eliminate the compensation you can receive. Avoid these problems by choosing an experienced personal injury lawyer who can guide you past the following potential issues.

Here Are Some Things You Should Avoid During A Personal Injury Case

Do not skip medical treatment

Right after an accident, you might not realize you are hurt. Injuries like head trauma and soft tissue damage can go unnoticed at first but can turn out to be severe. The best way to minimize long-term effects is to seek an early medical evaluation and keep all follow-up appointments.

Even though it is normal for some injuries to worsen over time, insurance adjusters and juries often view delayed medical treatment suspiciously. Getting a checkup soon after an accident can safeguard your credibility.

Keep accurate documentation

You need to prove the extent of your injury, and that the defendant is legally responsible. Supporting documents are an essential part of this.

From the time of the accident, save a copy of anything that helps you prove these things. That can include:

  • Medical evaluations and bills
  • Photos
  • Police reports
  • Eyewitness statements and identifying information
  • Employment documents related to lost wages

Keep a file with any supporting documents and share this with your personal injury lawyer at your first meeting.

Don’t forget to contact law enforcement

In Virginia, calling the police after an accident is not mandatory, but it is a smart thing to do.

Under Virginia law, any driver involved in an accident that results in injury, death, or property damage must stop and report their name and other information to either the police or the driver or occupant of the other vehicle. Making a report to the police means you will be able to access it– that will help by:

  • Verifying that the accident occurred
  • Documenting parties, witnesses, and insurance companies
  • Possibly assigning fault and documenting citations

Not everything in the police report may be helpful, but your attorney will rely on professional experience to determine how to address any problems.

Avoid social media

Anything you say about your accident on social media can come back to haunt you. Even seemingly unrelated posts like photos of you engaged in activities can be used to discredit your injury.

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If you need to provide information about your injury, speak with your personal injury attorney. At Rutter Mills, we have over 50 years of experience representing injury victims from Portsmouth, Newport News, and throughout eastern Virginia. Call to schedule a free consultation.

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