Great question. The initial steps you take after an accident can have a huge impact on your case. So, what should you do?
Seek Medical Attention
If necessary, seek medical attention for your injuries. The most important issue is your personal health and you should not make a medical decision for any reason related to a potential lawsuit. If you need to go to the emergency department, GO. Your health is the priority.
Gather Facts and Evidence
If your health permits, document the scene of the accident. Photographs, video recordings, or any other tool to document the scene is crucial and will help explain your case in greater detail at a later stage. If there were any witnesses to the accident, get their information. Having that contact information will make it easier to locate them at the time of trial.
Specifically, if you’ve been in an auto accident, report it. Call the police to have a neutral witness on the scene and call your own auto insurance to notify them you will be reporting a claim.
Listen to your Doctor
If you seek medical attention, follow your doctor’s advice. If the doctor tells you to seek follow-up treatment, do it. If the doctor tells you to rest, do it. The treating physician is a licensed doctor and they are qualified to give you medical attention. Trust them.
Don’t Post on Social Media
Every year, tons of injury cases get sunk because clients post on their personal social media platforms about their case. Insurance adjusters check all forms of social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and any other online presence you may have.
It is incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to convince a jury that a plaintiff is injured if that same person was posting pictures of themselves lifting weights, mowing the lawn, or any other physical activity in the days after the accident. Anything you post on social media could potentially be used against you!
Don’t Talk to Insurance Adjusters
If the other driver is found to be at fault, their insurance adjuster will reach out to settle the case with you. Do not talk to them! They are not your friend!
These insurance adjusters only have the interest of their company at heart, not yours. Although they may be friendly or nice to you, they are not paid to care about your health or medical needs. If an opposing party insurance adjuster reaches out to you, contact an attorney to protect your rights.
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