Don’t Compromise Your Claim
If you’ve been in a car accident, your immediate concern should be safety. That can mean if you’ve been hit by a car and are now spun out and on the side of the road while traffic is whizzing past, you should not get out of your car. This is particularly important if you’ve been involved in a multi-car pileup. People getting out of their cars to escape an accident scene have been themselves hit by other cars that were either passing or losing control themselves and becoming part of a pile-up. After you ensure your own safety, though, you are not finished: There are other things you should not do after a car accident.
Don’t Assume You’re Fine
Whether you think you’ve been injured or not after an accident, it’s best not to make any assumptions. Sometimes a car accident can cause injuries that may not show up until later. If you announce that you’re fine to anyone within earshot at your accident scene, this could potentially be used against you later if you try to recover compensation for injuries that showed up later. If you go home and postpone going to the doctor for a few days or weeks after your injury, it can be harder for your attorney to prove that your injuries are a result of the accident and not a result of something else that happened later. Similarly, don’t minimize (or exaggerate, for that matter) your symptoms to your doctor. Both your doctor and your lawyer need to know the full extent of your injuries to provide the appropriate care and to pursue the maximum possible settlement. You should also make sure to complete the full course of treatment ordered by your doctor. Stopping treatment early because you feel better can hurt your case.
Don’t Abuse The Attorney-Client Privilege
If you hide information from your lawyer or share with your doctor anything that your lawyer told you, this can compromise your case.
Don’t Sign Anything
Oftentimes after an accident, insurers will make you an initial offer that might sound good —especially if it means that you get much-needed money right away. However, that offer is likely to be low. Insurers hope you will take their offer because you don’t know you could be getting much more. Similarly, don’t sign any medical waivers or any other documents anybody puts in front of you before consulting an attorney. Even a verbal statement to an insurer can be recorded and used against you to deny or minimize your claim. It’s important to talk to a lawyer first who can put your situation in context, help you avoid mistakes and lay the groundwork for a more robust settlement.
Don’t Share Details On Social Media
Assume that the things you write on Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites can be captured and seen by anyone. Anything you write on these sites can be used later against you in court, and could compromise your claim.
Don’t Postpone Getting Help
Waiting to talk to a lawyer about your car accident can give an advantage to those whose goal is to pay you as little as possible. Waiting can also mean you could remain in pain longer than you have to. After an injury in Forest Hills, Queens, or the surrounding New York area, contact The Law Firm of Davidoff & Associates at 718-268-8800 or 888-499-3887 toll free for a free initial consultation. After the first consult, we work on contingency, which means we only get paid once you receive compensation for your injuries.