Common Plaintiff Mistakes Made Immediately after a Serious Accident

Categories: Car Accidents

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If you were just injured in a motor vehicle accident, you are probably anxious the process to come. You don’t want to deal with the insurance companies. You aren’t sure how you’ll get around while your vehicle is in the shop. You don’t want a doctor telling you that you need rest (or surgery) and should not be going to work.

These are all rational thoughts. But, after an accident, you need to focus on the long-term effects, as well. You could be entitled to significant financial compensation if someone else was to blame, and if you only focus on the short-term you could end up making mistakes that will affect your life for years to come.

Four Critical Mistakes After a Car Accident

Here are four critical mistakes to avoid after a car, truck, SUV, or motorcycle accident in Florida:

1. Assuming (or Telling Yourself) You Are Okay.

The adrenaline rush that follows a traumatic event, such as an auto accident, can mask the symptoms of a serious injury. Once the rush subsides, you can expect to feel sore for a while (perhaps even weeks or months), and this soreness will often be a symptom of a serious injury. As a result, you should see a doctor before going home – even if you think you feel fine. You should not talk yourself into thinking nothing is wrong.

2. Letting Whatever Happens Happen.

Many accident victims wrongly assume that they do not have any control over the process. They assume that they are required to answer the insurance adjuster’s questions and they take the first offer from the insurance company, assuming that it will be the only one. Don’t let an insurance company dictate your medical care or tell you how much the law entitles you to recover. Take control of the situation and empower yourself to assert your legal rights.

3. Waiting Until Something Goes Wrong to Seek Legal Representation.

Too often, accident victims wait too long to speak to a car accident attorney. One of the worst possible scenarios is this: “I accepted an insurance check but it isn’t enough to cover my ongoing medical expenses or lost wages. What are my options?” To avoid setting for too little, waiving your rights, or giving the insurance companies information they can use against you, it is best to let an attorney handle your claim from the beginning.

4. Posting the Accident on Social Media.

Whether you are an avid social media user or you use Facebook or Instagram as a way to keep in touch with friends and family, we know that it will be tempting to post something your accident. Don’t do it. The insurance companies may be watching, and they may try to use your photos or comments the accident to minimize your claim for compensation.

Put Our Experience on Your Side

If you have been injured in an auto accident in Florida, the legal team at Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers can help. We are available 24/7, and we can help you avoid these and other critical mistakes that could jeopardize your legal rights. For a free, no-obligation consultation, call us at 561.202.MORE(6673) now. We have offices in West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Boca Raton, and Jupiter.

Disclaimer: The information in this blog is not intended, and must not be taken, as legal advice on any particular set of facts or circumstances. If you need advice on specific legal issues, please consult with a licensed Personal Injury attorney.