Over the years I've seen a number of mistakes that people who have been injured in accidents make. Most of the time they make these mistakes because they do not understand how these issues play into the process of making a personal injury claim. My clients get a list of these five “Not to Dos” once I'm retained. But this information is even more important for people who want to handle their own case. Avoiding these mistakes can help you get fair and just compensation for your injuries.
Watch what you say
Do not talk to other people about the facts of the accident or your injuries to friends, family members, neighbors or co-workers. These folks may repeat your statements to insurance company investigators, which can hurt your claim.
Do not provide a recorded statement to the other person's insurance adjuster or private investigator. You are not required to give a statement. Nothing good comes out of statements, and what you say will be used against you by the insurance company.
Watch out for social media
Do not post anything about your accident on social media. That means no photos of the location, cars, injuries or comments about what happened in the accident. Social media is no place to share your thoughts about your accident.
Watch out for medical authorizations
The insurance company may send you a medical authorization asking you to sign it so it can go out and get your records and bills. Do not sign a blanket medical authorization. Many times these authorizations are too broad and allow the insurance company to obtain irrelevant and personal information that can be used against you.
Watch out for releases
Do not sign any releases unless you are absolutely sure you know what your signing or you should have a lawyer review the document. I can't tell you how many times I've had people come in and try to undo a release they signed because they did not understand that signing the release ended their claim.
If you have any questions about an Indiana accident, you can give me a call or shoot me an email.
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