Being the victim of a personal injury situation can be understandably daunting and stressful. While you will need to recover from your injury, you will also need to walk on the right side of the law while pursuing compensation for your unfortunate experience. Unfortunately, many personal injury victims make a few common mistakes that can ultimately put the outcome of their lawsuit in jeopardy, regardless of whether you are legally entitled to compensation or not. If you are the victim of a personal injury, you should avoid these common mistakes while your lawsuit is in process.
Avoiding Legal Representation
More often than not, victims of personal injury assume that the extent of their injury is enough evidence to prove that they are entitled to fair compensation. However, there are a lot of legalities to take into account, and you may not be aware of how to navigate a personal injury lawsuit the correct way. There is no doubt that that responsible party will have their own expert legal practitioner to prove their clients’ innocence, and you might not be a good match for a specialized legal expert. So, opting for a specialized personal injury lawyer, such as those at Lamber Goodnow, will significantly strengthen your case.
Posting On Social Media
Posting about your incident and experience on social media is a prevalent mistake that can put your claim in jeopardy. Unfortunately, social media is not a reliable source, and users will all speculate about your situation, which may provide the defendant with enough flimsy evidence to suggest that you are not entitled to compensation. The mere fact of having to disprove theories that could stem from social media posts can also drag out a lawsuit for a lengthy time. Therefore, it is best to avoid posting anything about your situation on social media to avoid any attention surrounding your lawsuit.
Forgetting Important Evidence
When pursuing an injury lawsuit, there are various details you will need to compile a strong case. Forgetting even a few can weaken your case. Therefore, you should avoid making the mistake of assuming any piece of evidence is not relevant and rather hand over every detail to your lawyer. The more evidence you have for your lawsuit, the stronger your case will be.
Settling For The First Offer
Whether you will be claiming from an insurer, a business, or an individual, you should never settle for the first offer. Unfortunately, it is common for the responsible party to mitigate financial damages by offering a low settlement initially. Instead of assuming rejecting the settlement offer will leave you empty-handed, you should ask your lawyer to negotiate the settlement with valid evidence as to why your compensation offer is not adequate.
Relying On Only One Medical Report
There’s no doubt you trust your GP, although there are several instances in which personal injury victims have been misdiagnosed, and this can put your claim in jeopardy. Instead of only including one medical report from a GP, you should seek a second opinion and pursue medical assessments from specialized medical practitioners to strengthen your case and identify all potential underlying injuries from the incident.