There are a few things you can do that can hinder the integrity of your potential case before you’ve even considered contacting an attorney. In order to prevent possible harm, do not do the following before contacting an attorney:
Directly Consult with Insurance Companies
Even though you do not intend to harm yourself or your case, an insurance company can present information against you in court based on conversations you have with the company. It is best to not give a recorded statement without the guidance of an attorney. Remember to refer all communication with insurance companies to your personal injury lawyer to avoid any “miscommunication” between you and the insurance company.
Post Information about Your Case on Social Media
The entire town does not need to know the ins and outs of your legal situation. Certain things can harm your case if you post inappropriate information that can be used against you later in court. Keep your information confidential at least until your consult with an attorney.
Forget to Call the Police and Obtain a Police Report
A police report is an integral part in establishing a case’s validity because it will not be one person’s word against another’s. Don’t forget this important step. Make sure you call the police if you have an auto accident and wait for them at the scene of the accident. Then, follow-up and obtain the written police report to help you case along.
Fail to Collect Evidence
If possible, it is imperative to get witness support in case the facts are disputed. Make sure you write down names and phone numbers of any witnesses. Also, it is important to collect as much evidence as possible to help tell the story of the accident. Not collecting evidence will only weaken your case. Some evidence must be gathered right away or it is lost forever.
Not Getting Medical Care in a Timely Manner
If you are interested in recovering damages resulting from injury, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Do not delay treatment! This is one of the biggest areas where individuals go wrong and harm their cases. Your injuries may not be able to be associated with your accident if you wait too long, thus decreasing compensation available to you later, or ruining your case entirely.
If you are in a situation that may potentially require an attorney, remember to seek medical attention promptly, acquire as much evidence as possible, keep details about the potential case to yourself and seek legal counsel quickly.