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Avoid Sabotaging Your Florida Personal Injury Case

In personal injury cases within the state of Florida, too few residents are aware of how they can hurt their own cause. This is one of the best reasons to seek the assistance of a Florida personal injury attorney after a slip and fall or car accident, as your attorney will have your back and guide you throughout the whole process. So, how can you make sure you’re only supporting your own case? There are a few rules to follow.

Stretching The Truth

After a Florida car accident, you may be feeling quite emotional, and those emotions can cause you to stretch the truth whether you realize it or not. Stretching or exaggerating any truths having to do with your accident may not just sabotage your case, but leave you with potential criminal charges as well. Failing to be completely truthful about your accident, your injuries, your trauma, and the circumstances surrounding your accident is considered insurance fraud, which may land you in bigger trouble than simply failing to obtain a settlement.

It’s best to leave communication between yourself and your insurance claims adjuster to your personal injury attorney, and allow them to relay any information you’d like to share. Doing it this way ensures the case revolves around the facts.

Talking About Your Case

After an accident, you may feel tempted to talk about your case. Not only is this a stressful experience you may feel like you want to “vent” about, or get done and over with, but you’re like to be contacted by your insurance claims adjuster or an attorney representing them. What they want to do is catch you in something that delegitimizes your case, and without legal knowledge, you’re likely to do just that. If any calls come through from insurance adjusters or attorneys related to your case, simply push all communications to your personal injury attorney.

Social Media Over-Sharing

Nowadays social media is simply a part of life. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, or whatever your favorite may be, there is a good chance you sign in at least once per day. The problem with this is that insurance companies know it, too, and will be checking your social media to see if you’ve posted anything that can disprove or delegitimize your case. Even if you’ve been completely truthful, seeing photos of you having fun on a night out or on vacation could be evidence for an insurance company that you may not be as injured as you say you are. While battling for a settlement after a car accident, or planning to file a claim, it’s best to simply stay off of social media as much as possible. If you have the assistance of a personal injury attorney, they should be able to guide you in what is safe, what is unsafe, and if you should temporarily deactivate.

Even if your social media profiles are private, insurance companies can find ways to see what content you’ve posted.

Failing To Follow Medical Advice

In order to receive a settlement, you will need to prove that you’re not only injured, but trying your hardest to recover from those injuries. Failing to see a doctor for follow-up appointments or carrying out your recovery regimen can be used by insurance companies as evidence that you’re not as hurt as you claim. According to them, failure to follow medical advice means that your injuries are not severe enough to make you take your recovery seriously.

Additionally, if you failed to see a medical professional immediately following the accident, this may hurt your case as well. Insurance companies can claim that injuries were caused by another occurrence between the time of the accident and the time you finally saw your doctor, and they’re therefore not responsible for recouping any losses. Whenever you’ve been in an accident, even if you don’t believe you’ve been injured, it’s always best to allow emergency medical personnel to evaluate your injury status.


During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

Avoid Sabotaging Your Florida Personal Injury Case

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