Whether you suffer an injury, big or small, due to a car crash, a slip-and-fall accident, a dog bite or anything in between, there is a chance you have a personal injury case on your hands. Someone else may be accountable for your injury and you may be able to receive compensation for it.
However, there are misconceptions about what to do after suffering personal injury. Here are three things you should not do.
1. Don’t talk to your insurance company without talking to a lawyer first.
Despite what insurance companies would have you believe, they are not on your side. Your plan may claim to cover you, but insurance companies want to give you as little money as possible. Before you speak to your insurance company or give them any sort of statement, consult a lawyer first. A lawyer can answer any questions you have and help you through the process of being fairly compensated for your personal injury.
There is no reason you have to face personal injury issues on your own, especially when insurance companies will attempt to give you less than you deserve.
2. Don’t post about your injury on social media.
Most people probably would not think of the risks of posting about a personal injury on social media, but the reality is that your social media pages can be used as evidence against you. In personal injury cases, this is especially relevant if you post photos or updates about what you’re doing after the injury has occurred. This can raise a lot of suspicions about the severity of your injury or whether you are giving false information about it.
3. Don’t assume you’ll just “get better” or recover
Dealing with personal injury is hard. You may want to believe your recovery will be swift and that “it isn’t a big deal.” For this reason, many people don’t seek any sort of help after a personal injury. In reality, you deserve compensation and you don’t need to hesitate to seek legal counsel about what you should do next. It’s important to consult a personal injury lawyer as soon as you can, instead of waiting and hoping the injuries pass.