If you haven’t consulted with a personal injury attorney, you may not yet know the many ways a perfect personal injury case can be torpedoed by the most innocent of mistakes. By keeping these six potential points in mind, you’ll give yourself a far better chance of succeeding in court.
1. Do Not Work Without A Lawyer
Any personal injury case is going to involve a lot of subtleties and technicalities, which the average layperson simply is not aware of. The most innocuous action on your part might dismantle your case completely—so it’s important to get a professional on your side to advise you as soon as possible. Don’t talk to the insurance adjuster beforehand, don’t fill anything out and don’t sign anything without an attorney present.
2. Do Not Skip Doctor’s Visits
You should be going to every doctor’s visit scheduled for you, and follow your doctor’s recommendations. If you skip appointments don’t follow your doctor’s instructions, it gives the insurance companies ammunition to argue for lower case evaluations.
3. Keep All Documentation
The more paperwork on your condition, expenses, losses, and other issues arising from your personal injury you can collect, the better off you’ll be in court. What you can prove is critical to winning your case—so collect evidence as thoroughly as possible.
4. Do Not Talk About Your Case
You never, ever want to talk about your case without confirming it with your accident attorney first. Seemingly harmless conversations with strangers, acquaintances, and even friends have destroyed personal injury cases before—don’t let yourself be another name on that list of misfortunes. If you need to tell someone something about your case, bounce the idea off your attorney first, to make sure you’re in the clear.
5. Be Careful of What You Post on Social Media
People have a tendency to only post positive things online or to post statements and photos that only show things in a positive light. While that is wonderful normally, it may contradict how you’re feeling after an accident. Online statements and photos can be taken out of context and used against you court. It’s best to not post anything about the accident or your injuries and to limit or stop posting anything during the time you’re treating.
6. Present Yourself Well
You need to be confident, polite, and on-point whether it’s communication with the other side’s attorneys, the judge, or anyone else involved in the case. It’s unfortunate, but perception can and will trump reality in the courtroom, so put your best foot forward.
At Ring Jimenez in Albuquerque, we will work with you to ensure your case is handled with the care it deserves. If you are ready to take the next step in finding resolution for your case, give Ring Jimenez a call today!