At Parrish DeVaughn, it’s our goal to give car accident victims the legal representation they need to get the money they deserve. And while we do everything in our power to protect victims from the insurance company and common pitfalls that can jeopardize claims, we can’t always prevent them from making mistakes.
That’s why we do our best to educate our clients on what to do and what not to do after their accidents, whether they’re still at the accident scene or they’ve already hired a lawyer and are beginning the recovery process.
3 Missteps That Can Jeopardize Your Claim
Some of the most common post-auto accident mistakes that can result in compensation claims being reduced or denied include:
- Lying about your injuries—Be truthful about your injuries to your doctor, the insurance company, and your attorney. Exaggerating or downplaying your injuries or their severity can make you ineligible to pursue compensation, especially if your statements conflict with your medical record.
- Admitting fault for the crash—Never admit fault prematurely for the accident, even if you think you may be partially or fully liable. Memories can be distorted after crashes, and evidence may later prove you weren’t at fault at all. But if you tell the police or insurance company you caused the crash, you may be unable to get money for your crash-related expenses.
- Talking about your accident or claim on social media—Insurance adjusters are always looking for ways to reduce or deny victims’ claims. In recent years, they’ve taken to viewing victims’ social media profiles to find incriminating statements or evidence that they can use against them—often taking posts out of context to accomplish their goals. Only discuss your claim and your accident with your doctor, lawyer, and family members.