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Be Careful That You Don't Regret These Personal Injury Decisions

by Ruby Mckinney

Being involved in a car accident can be both traumatic and incredibly taxing on your physical and mental health, and this situation might be one that can lead to poor decisions. You could be harming yourself more than you might have imagined if you make any of the following regretful decisions when it comes time to have your case heard at trial. Read on and avoid having later regrets about these claim-related issues.

You take to social media about your accident

For example, the other side could cast doubt on the level of your pain of suffering if you keep assuring others on social media that you are "just fine". If you need to talk and vent about the accident, do so in person with trusted friends and relatives or seek professional help.

You are oblivious to the fact that you could be under surveillance

When you sue or even threaten to sue the other side for their part in your injury you are putting in motion a sequence of events that will make everything you do come under scrutiny. For instance, you may be reluctant to use your walker in public and that is understandable, but when video footage of you walking along without assistance is used to weaken your injury claim you may wish you had taken the doctor's advice. The use of recording devices to catch victims off-guard is now more commonplace than ever before, so you must be constantly aware of who may be watching you.

You allowed the other side to record a phone conversation.

You will be called by the other guy's insurance carrier to discuss the wreck and what you say during this chat could harm your case. The insurance adjuster may seem polite, but they work for the insurance company. One of their jobs is to get you comfortable enough to say something you will later regret.

Your compensation is based on the level of liability you might share for the accident and you do not want to take the blame for something that is not your fault. You may be sorry about the way the accident has affected both you and the other driver, but saying so might open the door for shared liability. Make no mistake about it, you do not have to speak to the insurance adjuster for the other side. Instead, let your personal injury lawyer handle this and other important aspects of your case.