What Are Some Common Mistakes Florida Residents Make In Personal Injury Cases?
When an accident occurs, the victim often does not have time to stop and carefully think about what steps to take next. That is why you need to educate yourself before something happens. If you’re ever involved in an accident, here are some common mistakes to avoid if you later plan to pursue a personal injury claim.
Admitting You Were At-Fault
Some of us have a natural instinct to take responsibility when something bad happens, even if we know it was not our fault. For example, if a person is involved in a car accident, they may rush out of the car and start apologizing to the other driver, even before taking the time to figure out what actually happened.
The truth is that you should never apologize or admit fault at the scene of an accident. Anything you say in the “spur of the moment” could later be used against you. Indeed, the other driver’s insurance company could seize upon your statements and offer you a lower settlement offer.
Failing to Seek Medical Attention
Just as some of us are quick to apologize without thinking, many people are also reluctant to seek medical attention following a “minor” car accident. The truth is that it will never hurt you to go to the emergency room or see your doctor following a car accident. What will hurt you is waiting days–or even weeks–until you start experiencing pain or other symptoms. By putting off seeing a doctor, a defendant and their insurance company can argue that your injuries are not as severe as you now claim, or even that they were not the result of the accident.
Talking About the Accident on Social Media
Not everyone shares every detail of their life on social media. But if you are the sort of person who is used to sharing every meal or daily event on Facebook or Instagram, you need to think twice before talking about your auto accident. Remember, these posts are never “private.” It is easy for anyone–including the other driver’s insurance company or lawyers–to read what you are writing. And even seemingly innocuous statements could be used against you when it comes to proving the nature and extent of your injuries.
Not Speaking with a Qualified Florida Personal Injury Attorney
Insurance companies are often quick to offer a settlement following an accident when they know their policyholder is at-fault. The insurer is counting on the victim to accept this first offer without even speaking to an attorney. This is always a mistake. Even if you do not expect to file a lawsuit, it is still in your best interest to consult with an experienced Boca Raton car accident lawyer who can advise you of your rights.
If you need to speak with an attorney, contact the Leifer Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation.