Common Mistakes That Can Damage Your Florida Personal Injury Claim
At MLG Injury, our Florida personal injury lawyers understand the physical, emotional, and financial challenges that come with recovering from a car accident, slip and fall incident, or work injury.
That is why our skilled attorneys work tirelessly to help our clients strengthen their claims, so they can pursue the best outcome for their unique cases inside or outside the courtroom.
What most personal injury victims do not know is that they can make simple mistakes that may cause significant harm to their cases.
Here is how to avoid common missteps that can mean the difference between your claim’s success and outright denial.
Mistake #1: Failing to Seek Medical Care or Attend All Necessary Appointments
When pursuing a personal injury claim, your case is built on your actual injuries and the damages that resulted from them.
That means we must be able to prove you were hurt.
If you fail to seek medical care promptly or do not attend all physician, therapy, or rehabilitation appointments, the insurance company will point to the fact that you never or no longer needed medical care, so your injuries could not have been that severe.
To avoid your personal injury claim from ending before it even begins, seek medical care immediately after your accident and injuries occur and follow all doctor’s orders going forward.
Mistake #2: Talking About Your Case to Anyone Who is Not Your Attorney
Talking to insurance providers, acquaintances, friends, coworkers, or even family members can damage your case because they may take what you say out of context. Simply put, if someone asks how you are feeling and you respond, “Feeling better!” the insurance company can manipulate that statement to mean you are no longer hurt. And if they can get someone to testify to your conversation, whether verbally, through text or direct messages, or emails, your case can take a significant hit.
Our Florida personal injury attorneys know how hard it is to get through your recovery on your own. That is why we are here. If you need to talk to someone about your injuries, talk to us. We can help you keep a journal of injuries, pain levels, and how the accident has impacted your day-to-day activities and overall quality of life.
Mistake #3: Chronicling Your Accident and Injuries on Social Media
At MLG Injury, our personal injury attorneys know that the insurance company is going to do their homework before countering your claim.
That means scouring your social media accounts for any proof that you are not as injured as you claim to be.
They can screenshot social media posts that show you are out with friends, at an event, or simply discussing how your recovery is coming along and use them against you. Since there is extraordinarily little context to social media posts, even an inadvertent image showing you without your crutches can lead to your case’s downfall (even if you were reaching for them seconds later).
Stay away from social media during a personal injury case by disabling your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or other social media platforms until your claim is finalized. This will guarantee you do not make any inadvertent statements and that no one can tag you in their posts.
Mistake #4: Facing the Insurance Company Alone
If you have been injured in any type of accident caused by negligence, contact our experienced Florida personal injury attorneys at MLG Injury to schedule a free consultation today by calling 888-904-2524.
We will outline your legal rights and options to hold the negligent party liable for your full financial recovery while managing each detail of your case, so you can focus solely on your recovery.