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3 Mistakes to Avoid After Filing a Personal Injury Claim

March 24, 2022
Colson Hicks Eidson

If you’ve been injured in an accident in Florida, depending on the circumstances, you may be able to recover compensation for various losses, such as your medical bills, lost wages, and more. A Florida personal injury attorney can review your case and let you know whether you should file a claim or lawsuit to seek compensation for which you might be eligible.

Just be aware that, while a lawyer can boost your chances of recovering the compensation you may be owed, it’s possible to have a valid claim and nevertheless fail to receive a payout if you make certain mistakes that are easy to avoid. They include the following:

Not Getting Medical Treatment Right Away

Depending on the nature of an accident, the injuries you might sustain as a result of the said accident may not be immediately noticeable. Some accident victims assume they are unharmed and therefore choose not to see doctors until the symptoms of their injuries present themselves days or even weeks later.

Don’t make this mistake. While you might not think you have been injured, it’s best to err on the side of safety and get medical attention right away after being in an accident that at least theoretically had the potential to cause injury. First, if you have sustained an injury that you simply didn’t notice right away, getting early medical treatment can help you recover much more quickly than you otherwise might.

Additionally, if you file a claim or lawsuit to recover compensation after an accident, you will likely need to provide evidence showing your accident caused specific injuries. This will be much more difficult to do if you don’t see a doctor shortly after your accident.

Posting on Social Media

You must not openly discuss your personal injury case with anyone except your attorney, your doctors, and anyone else your attorney considers trustworthy (such as close family members) until it has been resolved. While you may know this, you might not realize that posting on social media about matters seemingly unrelated to your case can still harm your chances of recovering proper compensation.

For example, if you were to post pictures of yourself playing a sport that you should not be able to participate in given the severity of your injuries, an insurer might use them to suggest your injuries are not as severe as you claim. Guard against this by limiting your usage of social media until your case has been settled.

Not Accounting for All Compensable Losses

Many of the “mistakes” victims make when filing personal injury claims or lawsuits are understandable. If you don’t have experience seeking compensation after an accident, you might not thoroughly understand how to navigate the situation. For instance, perhaps when you file a claim you don’t account for certain losses or damages because you didn’t know you could be compensated for them.

This is one of many reasons to strongly consider hiring a Florida personal injury attorney when seeking compensation after being injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. At Colson Hicks Eidson, we want you to recover the full amount of compensation you deserve. To that end, we will fight vigorously on your behalf for a fair settlement. Learn more about what we can do for you by calling us at 305-476-7400 or contacting us online today.