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Blunders That Can Discredit A Personal Injury Claim

Many different lawsuits fall under the personal injury category. For instance, a victim can attempt to receive compensation from another party for a dog bite, auto, trucking, or motorcycle accident, and much more. It is not always necessary to hire an attorney, but the action can prove to be beneficial in many ways. The Florida legal system is not a get rich quick scheme, but it is the ideal solution for obtaining funds to offset medical and other necessary recovery expenses. Settlements will vary on a case by case basis, but factors that determine the compensation include…

• Physical Pain And Suffering
• Psychological Or Mental Trauma
• Current And Future Lost Wages Or Reduced Income
• Previously Paid And Long-Term Treatment Costs
• Family Or Marriage Disruption

Our dedicated team has over 20-years experience serving the Florida region. Additionally, the lawyers also have more than 100-years of combined experience, which allows clients to rest assured that their needs will be taken care of professionally, promptly, and always in a friendly, courteous manner. Proving fault and building a winning case is sometimes a tall order. To accomplish the feat, we…

• Review Driving Records, Medical Histories, And Police Reports
• Negotiate With Insurers On Your Behalf
• Obtain Black Box Data And Logbooks When Applicable
• Work Closely With Law Enforcement And Medical Professionals
• Utilize Computer Animation To Reconstruct The Accident Scene

Common Mistakes To Avoid During A Personal Injury Case

  • Don’t Put Your John Hancock On Anything

Many insurance and other companies are adding stipulations or fine print to contracts these days that try to sign the victim’s rights to compensation away. Luckily, these items usually don’t hold up in court, but still, they can delay the proceeding and prevent it from moving forward. Money and time are not typically on an injured party’s side after an accident, so avoid signing anything until the attorney has reviewed the document and deemed it safe. This delay tactic can make a person settle for a less than fair compensation amount. After all, these companies tend to have the means to outlast the plaintiff.

  • Social Media Is Not For Everything

Almost everyone has a Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or another type of social media account today. The platforms are ideal for staying connected with friends, family members, and acquaintances across the globe. People can even make blogs or web pages to share videos, pictures, and thoughts. However, posting about the personal injury claim is a big no-no. Defense attorneys and insurance agents will rifle through these locations, searching for any post that discredits the case by showing that the plaintiff is not as seriously injured as they declare.

  • Avoid Lying Or Being Deceitful

Dishonesty will likely be uncovered at some point during the legal process. It is highly feasible that the insurance company will hire someone to snap pictures or videos of your activities when you are involved in a personal injury case. If an accident victim denies doing a task, only to have the feat revealed on tape later, judges, lawyers, and everyone else will feel as if the damages are not severe. So, admit to attempting the job and let your legal representative work through the complicated issue.

  • Don’t Skip Doctor Appointments

Missing scheduled recovery visits or failing to heed your doctor’s advice are recipes for disaster. These actions show people that the victim is either not hurt or not attempting to get better. Plus, it is vital to avoid using language during the visits like ” my attorney said…” or “the insurance company told me…” as the words may be taken out of context. These phrases might make your visit appear rehearsed or coerced.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

Blunders That Can Discredit A Personal Injury Claim

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