7 Ways to Ruin Your Personal Injury Case

ways to ruin your personal injury case

Filing a Personal Injury Case in California helps you hold responsible parties accountable and secure the compensation you deserve. However, if it’s your first time filing a claim, the process might seem complex and intimidating. This complexity increases the likelihood of errors, which, in the realm of personal injury claims, you cannot afford. A single misstep could significantly diminish or even nullify your chance of receiving compensation.

Nordean’s legal team has prepared a guide to help you handle complexities and make informed decisions at every step.

Not seeking medical attention right away

Delayed medical attention weakens your claim by creating gaps in documentation. This gap can also affect your credibility, suggesting negligence in handling the damages. The insurers or defendant can take advantage of this absence of an early medical report to argue that the injuries were not serious or unrelated to the incident.
Additionally, delaying treatment can worsen your condition, leading to chronic pain, disability, or serious complications.

Lying about your medical history

Being dishonest about your medical history can negatively impact your legal claims. Insurance companies and their attorneys often review pre-accident medical records to find inconsistencies in your conditions before the accident. If they discover that you failed to disclose a previous injury or condition affecting the same body part in your claim, this will undermine your claim.

Also, the accuracy of your medical report depends heavily on the completeness of your information. Doctors use your medical history for their treatment plans. Altering or hiding information about previous injuries can lead to insufficient care. This can lead to a longer recovery period or even permanent damage that could have been avoided.

Accepting a quick settlement

Insurance companies are in the business of making money. They can repeatedly pressure you to accept compensation promptly to save their money. While agreeing to their request and accepting the first settlement offer in a personal injury case might seem like a win, it is not. If you later discover that your injuries are more severe than initially thought, you cannot return to the insurance company to request additional compensation. Making a hasty decision driven by immediate financial pressures will ruin your chances of receiving fair compensation.

Making inconsistent statements

Differing statements in a personal injury case can severely damage its credibility. When you say different things about what happened or how you were injured, it raises doubts about the truth of your claims. This can lead to reduced settlement offers or even the dismissal of your case, as it undermines the trust in your testimony and the severity of your injuries.

Insurance companies and defense attorneys look for these inconsistencies to challenge the reliability and honesty of your story.

Skipping out on medical follow-up

Neglecting the doctor’s recommendations and treatment plan post-accident can ruin your health and affect your case. Discontinuing treatment might signal to insurance companies that your injuries have healed or were minor, undermining your case. If unavoidable circumstances require a pause in your treatment, inform your doctor immediately to document the reason, maintaining a legitimate explanation for any gaps. Promptly resuming medical care afterward is critical.

Posting on social media

Insurance companies and their lawyers often check your social media for any content that could question your injury claim. It is important to be vigilant with your digital presence after a personal injury accident to safeguard your rights.

Here are essential steps to manage your online footprint effectively:

Do not post anything related to your case

This includes your injury, medical records, accident scene, or anything related to your case. It is important to note that everything online is permanent and can be retrieved even when deleted. The defense lawyer or the insurance company can easily manipulate your content and make it look completely different from reality.

Do not let people tag or post you online

After a personal injury accident, it is essential to ensure that none of your friends or family members tag you in any photos or posts. Tags might show you in situations that contradict your claimed injuries, potentially weakening your case. For example: a picture where you are doing any physical exercise can be used against you, arguing that your injuries are not as severe as stated.

Also, you never know that your list on social media may have common friends or family with the at-fault party. So, don’t let your friends, family, or acquaintances post your picture in their posts too. Pictures and post updates found on another person’s account can still be used against you in court.

Do not check into locations online

Checking into restaurants or other locations on social media can negatively impact a personal injury case by revealing your activities and whereabouts. This information can contradict claims about how your injuries affect your daily life, suggesting you’re more active or less injured than stated. Insurance companies or opposing legal teams can use such evidence to question the severity of your injuries and reduce or deny your claim.

Trying to handle the case on your own

Handling a personal injury case alone can jeopardize your chances of receiving fair compensation. Without legal expertise, you might overlook critical evidence, underestimate the value of your claim, or miss crucial legal deadlines. Negotiating with insurance companies can also be challenging, as they have extensive experience minimizing payouts.

Besides, as you are already in a stressful situation, trying to handle the case alone can further hinder your recovery by adding additional stress.

Consulting with a legal professional to assess the full impact of your injuries ensures that your settlement accurately reflects your losses and future needs. This highlights the importance of understanding what a personal injury lawyer does in order to maximize your compensation.

Nordean Law can help

Feeling overwhelmed by your personal injury case? Nordean Law is here to help you. Attorney Sam Nordean and team of experienced attorneys understands your challenges and is here to support you. From thorough case evaluation to negotiation and, if needed, vigorous court representation, we handle all aspects of your claim with precision and care.

You only pay us a percentage when we win your case, eliminating any financial concerns. Move forward with confidence. Contact us now to schedule a FREE consultation.

If you’re dealing with injuries sustained on someone else’s property, it’s essential to understand premises liability laws in California. These laws define property owners’ responsibilities and your rights as an injured party. To learn more about how premises liability applies to your situation, check out our comprehensive guide on California premises liability law. It provides valuable insights and guidance to help you navigate the complexities of premises liability cases.

FAQs

To prove a personal injury case, you must directly link the negligent actions to your injuries.

In California, the statute of limitations sets a timeframe of two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit.

A personal injury lawyer with legal knowledge and experience investigates your case. They guide your rights and options for your specific situation under the law. Having a lawyer handle your case allows you to focus on your recovery while they handle the legal complexities and paperwork associated with your claim.

Commonly, two types of compensation are available in personal injury lawsuits- Economic and non-economic.

  • Economic compensation covers medical expenses, lost wages, and property loss.
  • Non-economic compensation covers pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment due to the injury caused by injuries.

In some rare cases, where a defendant is found guilty of committing a wrong or offense, the victim receives punitive damages

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Samuel ‘Sam’ Nordean is a founding partner of Nordean Law, APC. He is passionate about standing up for people who struggle with accidental injuries and mistreatment from insurance companies. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in Biochemistry from Portland State University. He then earned his Juris Doctor degree from Chapman University School of Law. Sam started Nordean Law to commit to helping people who cannot fight for themselves. His strengths are in representing victims in car accidents, fatal accidents, negligence cases and liability accidents.

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Author Bio

Samuel ‘Sam’ Nordean is a founding partner of Nordean Law, APC. He is passionate about standing up for people who struggle with accidental injuries and mistreatment from insurance companies. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in Biochemistry from Portland State University. He then earned his Juris Doctor degree from Chapman University School of Law. Sam started Nordean Law to commit to helping people who cannot fight for themselves. His strengths are in representing victims in car accidents, fatal accidents, negligence cases and liability accidents.

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