Following the traumatic experience of being involved in a car accident, it is important to avoid making any serious mistakes that could cost you financially and possibly jeopardize the outcome of a lawsuit. Some common mistakes after a car accident include admitting liability, as well as failing to seek immediate legal assistance. Kirkland, WA, personal injury attorneys Liz Quick and Matt Quick can help guide you during this important time. To learn more about what to do and what to avoid after a wreck, call (425) 576-8150 or use our online contact form.
1. Mistakes Related to Treatment
Not Going to the Doctor Immediately
The trauma associated with being hurt in a car accident can make it hard to think clearly. When you are fuzzy on details and on what to do next, mistakes can be made. Importantly, while you may not feel hurt right away, an injury can develop over time.
A qualified physician will know how to treat an injury that is not visible to the naked eye, and what type of ongoing treatment will be required to reach maximum recovery for any injuries. Rather than wait to see if you begin to experience stiffness, sore muscles, or bruising, call a doctor as soon as possible after the accident.
Not Following Doctor’s Orders
Once you do see a doctor, be sure to follow treatment as directed. If you are referred to a specialist, make sure you schedule an appointment and keep that appointment. Failing to listen to or follow-up with your doctor can increase the severity of your injuries and prolong the healing process.
Resuming Activity Too Soon
Do not resume regular activities or return to work before getting the green light from your physician. This can also increase the severity of any injury or lengthen the time it takes to fully recover.
Downplaying Your Injuries
Never try to downplay an injury. If you are hurt in a car accident it is important to speak up and give a full report on how badly you are hurt, as well as informing the doctor that the symptoms are not improving. You deserve a complete recovery, and that can only happen if you admit how badly you are injured.
2. Legal Mistakes
Hiring an Inexperienced Lawyer
Be sure to partner with a personal injury attorney who has experience specifically in car accident and injury cases. An experienced attorney, such as Liz or Matt Quick, will serve you best by making sure your case is filed on time, and that you do not leave out valuable information that could help your recovery. An inexperienced lawyer may fail to help you secure adequate compensation.
Not Keeping Your Lawyer Informed
Failing to keep your lawyer informed can cause your case to move at a slower pace, and may also hurt your overall recovery chances or award amount.
Not Notifying Them of Past Injuries & Lawsuits
Take care to let your attorney know if you have had any prior injuries or prior lawsuits. A complete account is necessary to make certain your case is handled properly and fully.
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3. Sharing Information
Discussing the Case with Others
Keep the information about your case private, discussing it only with your attorney or authorized persons.
Posting Details on Social Media
If you post data online or share it with a friend, you run the risk of placing your case in jeopardy by revealing confidential information that may be used against you.
Talking to the Other Driver's Insurer
Do not speak to the insurance adjuster or other parties involved in the wreck. This is for your attorney to handle, and can be tricky. Neither the insurance adjuster nor the other driver has your best interests at heart. Talking to these parties could allow them to try and discredit your version of the events, and work against you rather than for you.