If you sustained injuries in an accident caused by the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to a personal injury claim. However, in order to ensure that you will receive the proper compensation for your long-term physical, emotional, or financial burdens, you must ensure that you do not do anything during the legal process that may jeopardize your case. Read more to see what common mistakes are made after filing and how a seasoned Howard County personal injury attorney can help you avoid them.
How can posting on social media affect a personal injury claim?
Posting details regarding your accident, injury, and recovery on social media should be left confidential between you and your attorney. Otherwise, it can give the defense attorney and the other party access to important information that can negatively affect your personal injury claim. For example, if the post reassures your friends and family that you are doing well, you are admitting that you are emotionally unaffected by the accident. And if it insinuates that you are physically unaffected by the accident, a defense attorney may use that to prove that you are exaggerating your injury.
Some social media tips to follow during your legal process are to set your accounts to private, avoid accepting new followers, ask your friends and family not to post about you, and overall, refrain from posting.
How can untimely and inconsistent medical attention affect a claim?
Often, injuries from an accident heal themselves over time. However, the advantage of receiving timely and consistent medical attention is that it establishes a direct relationship between your injuries and the accident and clear reasoning for your personal injury claim.
At the scene of the accident, it is important that one of the first things you do is seek medical attention. Also, take pictures and videos of your injuries and any other damages at the scene, but remember to avoid posting them on social media. If you end up at the hospital, collect all medical documents and bills.
What happens if I delay filing my claim?
The statute of limitations in the state of Maryland to sue the other party who caused your injuries is generally three years from the date of your accident. Waiting any longer will bar you from suing. Regardless, the sooner you file, the better; the reasons being that it will be easier to track down witnesses and ultimately prove that your injury was a direct result of the other party’s negligence. Contact a skilled Howard County personal injury attorney to take action today.
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If you or a family member has sustained serious injuries in an accident caused by another person’s negligence, contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today. We are here to provide you with the steady and effective legal guidance you deserve.