By law you’re entitled to receive compensation for any and all damages caused by someone else’s negligence. But all too often, victims miss out on the compensation they deserve. Every year, car accidents cause individuals and families in Monroe, LA significant physical, financial, and psychological damage. According to AllLaw, car accidents are the most common form of personal injury, so it’s important to know how to avoid common mistakes that victims make in personal injury cases involving driving.
Mistake #1: Innocent Victims Admit Fault
Whether you’re innocent, guilty, or not sure – do not admit fault of any kind to the police, other drivers, or any other party. Really you shouldn’t be discussing the accident with anyone until you’ve talked with your lawyer. As a general rule, do not say “sorry” or “it was my fault” to ANYONE! Even if you’re just trying to be nice, and even if you’re totally innocent, your words can be used against you.
Mistake #2: Victims Don’t Think They’re Worth a Personal Injury Case
Personal injury compensation can cover medical bills, lost wages related to missing work, losses due to adjusted or canceled plans, pain and suffering, mental trauma, and much more. If you’re involved in an accident where someone else was at fault, it’s likely you’re entitled to compensation on some level. Find out what your case is worth by speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Mistake #3: Victims Talk About Their Case to the Wrong People
Do not talk to anyone who is hired – or you think might be hired – by the at-fault driver or their insurance company. This includes an opposing attorney. They will only try to set you up and use your words against you. Let your attorney interact with these other parties.
Mistake #4: Victims Share Too Many Details on Social Media
According to Lawfirms.com, social media content can easily be used against you – even if your accounts are set to private. Try to avoid posting anything after your accident unless you clear it with your attorney first. Something as simple as a photo of you looking happy might be used to prove that you don’t deserve injury compensation because your injury wasn’t that bad.
Mistake #5: Victims Sign Away Rights
Never sign anything without discussing it with your attorney first!
Mistake #6: Victims Don’t Properly Document Injuries
If you are able, document your injuries, vehicle damage, and the surrounding scene right away after a car accident. Take photos and notes if your injuries permit. Even little details can help your case!
Are you a victim of personal injury in Monroe, LA? Were you involved in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence? Or maybe the other driver’s fault hasn’t been proven yet but you believe it can be. It’s time to talk about your rights and the compensation that the law entitles you to! Fill out a free case evaluation online today or call our Monroe, LA office at (318) 855-0285.
Campbell, House & Company
1815 Roselawn Ave
Monroe, LA 71201