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4 Ways To Interfere With Your Own Personal Injury Claim

There are many factors that can bring about a personal injury claim in Florida. Accidents occur every day and can lead to anything from a minor scratch to a severe injury. When a severe injury occurs, it can lead to medical treatment ranging from surgical procedures to physical therapy. When the bills begin to pile up and the injured party does not have the funds to pay them, they can hire an attorney to seek compensation from the party who caused the injury.

An accident can leave a person shaken. Pain and confusion can cloud your judgment, and the actions you take after an accident can be a big factor in determining the outcome of your personal injury claim. Despite the range of emotions you might feel after an accident occurs, it’s important to keep a clear head and remain calm. Avoid doing anything that can harm your credibility and lead to a reduced value (or complete denial) of your claim as you proceed. In all instances, refrain from making these four mistakes.

Being active on social media. Social media is used and reviewed by everyone these days. Potential employers can base their decision to hire you solely on your Facebook page. Insurance companies and can use your updates and pictures against you to try to show that your injuries are not as severe as you portray them to be. Make your setting private, and refrain from posting too much information for the duration of the trial. You might even consider taking a complete break from social media altogether.

Not following your doctor’s orders. If your doctor tells you that you need a specific treatment or test, get it done. If you are told not to lift a gallon of milk, don’t. If you are sent to physical therapy twice a week, keep those appointments. By neglecting to follow your doctor’s orders, an insurance company can make a case that you are not invested in getting better; therefore your injuries must not be very severe.

Failing to be honest. This is a broad mistake that can happen intentionally, or unintentionally. It’s important to be completely honest with the insurance company. Never under any circumstances lie to them or it could result in criminal charges. You must be honest with your doctor. Tell them every symptom and injury you have in detail, without exaggeration. Let them know about prior accidents or injuries; don’t hide them. Don’t leave anything out or else it won’t be documented in the doctor’s report, and this can come back to haunt you later.

Neglecting to hire a personal injury lawyer. After you seek medical attention for your injuries, you should contact a personal injury lawyer to help you with your case. The time after an accident can be so confusing, it’s important to have someone watching out for you. Insurance companies want you to settle your case quickly for very little money, but an attorney can explain your rights and guide you through the process so that you don’t settle for less than you deserve. If your case ends up going to court, you’ll already have an established connection with someone who has been with you from the beginning.


Daniel Murphy's passionate belief in upholding the Florida justice system by defending the rights of the public against corporate interests, has lead him to become one of Florida's most effective young attorneys. Daniel Murphy carries his enthusiasm for fighting for the rights of the injured outside the courtroom by staying involved in legal and community organizations.

4 Ways To Interfere With Your Own Personal Injury Claim

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
Murphy & Walsh

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