When you are injured in a car accident, your “case” begins at the moment of impact. Many car accident victims don’t believe that anything they say or do prior to filing their claim will have an impact on their eventual settlement. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Here are some common mistakes that Plaintiffs make, which jeopardize their case and reduce their potential settlement.
- Talking to the Insurance Company: An insurance adjuster will probably try to call you soon after your accident. Don’t give them any details about the accident without checking with your attorney first. Many clients say things like, “I feel fine,” or “Oh, it was my fault, it’s no problem,” and don’t realize that their attempts to be friendly, to not place blame, and to downplay the situation will be the downfall of their case.
- Refusing to See a Doctor: Your medical condition and your treatment is crucial evidence in your case. When you delay your initial visit to the doctor, the insurance company will try to use this as evidence that you were not really hurt in your accident because it was not enough to require medical attention.
- Posting Details on Social Media: We advise all of our clients to not post information about their accident, their injuries, or their daily activities on any social medial site. Insurance companies monitor all information they can view publicly and will use it as evidence against you.
- Missing Your Statute of Limitations: The statute of limitations for a car accident in Nebraska is four years. If you miss this, you will be unable to bring a claim.
- Not Hiring an Attorney Until it’s Too Late: We encourage all accident victims to hire an attorney as early as possible in the personal injury process. This allows us to monitor all communication with the insurance company, develop the record of your medical conditions, and file all appropriate paperwork with the court. Don’t wait until it is too late.