Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Car Accident Claim
- Dan T. Matrafajlo
- Wed Apr 2018
- Car Accidents,
If you have been involved in a car accident, you will want to seek financial compensation for the damages sustained to your vehicle, as well as medical expenses, lost wages, and other related expenses you may encounter along the way. However, while this may sound easy to obtain, it’s often anything but that, since the at-fault driver and their insurance company will likely do everything possible to see you receive little if any compensation. Therefore, when filing a car accident claim, it’s very important to take each step along the way very seriously. Otherwise, you’re likely to make a mistake that will cost you the money you need and deserve. If you have filed a claim, here are some of the most common mistakes made by car accident victims.
Failing to Keep Doctor’s Appointments
Even if you sustained only minor injuries in your vehicle accident, always follow through with any doctor’s appointments you have scheduled. If you don’t, you are giving the at-fault driver’s insurance company reason to show that your injuries were in fact not serious enough to merit compensation, or that perhaps you were faking your injuries. And along with this, always be careful of what you may say while at your appointment. Even if your case is being handled by a car accident lawyer, never say or do anything at your appointment that may incriminate you later on.
Lying about the Accident
If you want to ensure your car accident claim will be denied, lie about the details of the accident. Even if you were doing something you believe may have contributed to the accident, be sure to tell this to your lawyer the first time you discuss your case. In many situations, while this may have some bearing on the claim, your lawyer may still feel as if you have a very strong case. Therefore, always be truthful.
Beware of Social Media Posts
In all likelihood, the other driver’s insurance adjusters will be monitoring your social media accounts to see what you are posting. Because of this, don’t post any pictures that make it appear as if you are not injured, and never post any statements about the accident that can be used against you. Remember, if you have any doubt in your mind about something you’re thinking of posting, it’s best to not do so.
Don’t Sign Away Your Rights
If you are contacted by the other driver’s insurance company, never sign anything without first letting your car accident lawyer examine it in great detail. Chances are, the insurance company is simply trying to get you to admit fault or settle for a much smaller amount of money, so always be wary of these situations.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have been involved in a car accident, schedule a consultation with an experienced and knowledgeable car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact the Law Office of Beninato & Matrafajlo today to receive your free consultation. By doing so, you can be sure your legal rights will be protected as you pursue the full and fair compensation you deserve.