If you have suffered a personal injury in Connecticut, it is important to remember that any lawsuit you create is not going to necessarily be straightforward, and it certainly will not be one-sided. The liable party, their insurance provider, their legal representatives, medical professionals, and more might all be looking out for their own best interests, not yours. To ensure that your rights as an injured individual are respected and that your chances of receiving a fair settlement for your damages remain intact, there are a several common mistakes you should avoid.
Seven Mistakes to Avoid in Your Injury Case
- Getting cozy: Part of the insurance adjuster's job is to be presentable and overly friendly. Do not mistake their kindness for true compassion and caring. They are not your friend. If anything, they are your opposition as they are instructed to give you as little as possible.
- Recording statements: Just as in a criminal defense case, you do not have to give any sort of recorded statement to anyone if you do not want to. At least, you are permitted to wait until you have spoken to your attorney.
- Signing a release: The insurance adjuster for the liable party is going to try to get you to sign a release. Do not do it, as it only rewards them with power and strips away your own. While you are at it, do not sign anything without direct approval of your lawyer.
- Seeing other doctors: You might be instructed that you have to go see a doctor that is not the one you normally see, the one you trust. This is almost always not true, and can create conflicting accounts of your injuries, which hurts your case's viability.
- Delaying medical attention: If you are injured in your accident, even slightly, proper medical care has to be at the top of your priority list. Waiting too long puts you in danger and can raise suspicion about the validity of any injuries you eventually do document.
- Ignoring future treatments: As inconvenient as they may be, you must follow through completely with any treatment schedules set by your doctor. Failing to do so could allow the liable party to shift responsibility of your injuries or disability onto you.
- Posting to social sites: The bread and butter of private eye agencies is investigating personal injury claims for fraud or weakness. Do not do their job for them by posting pictures of you out and about onto Facebook when your injury was predicted to keep you bedridden for months.
Once again, if you have additional questions regarding your personal injury case, our Connecticut personal injury attorneys are here to help you. Contact us today to request a no-cost, no-obligation case evaluation with our friendly, experienced, and knowledgeable staff.