At Downtown Law, our personal injury lawyers represent clients throughout California after they have suffered the unimaginable. We understand that getting hurt in an accident caused by negligence — whether it was in a car, truck, rideshare vehicle, bicycle, or on foot — is life changing.
While you focus on your recovery, several crucial factors will begin steering your focus. First, your inability to work means no paycheck, which can place a significant strain on your finances. Next, your mounting medical bills will begin to cause substantial day-to-day stress and anxiety that may impede your ability to fully heal.
As you wade through these challenging times, several missteps could jeopardize your ability to file a successful personal injury claim. Here is how to avoid making these crucial mistakes.
If you are searching for a California personal injury attorney, your accident and injuries have already occurred, and you have already sought medical care to outline your injuries.
Going forward, be sure to follow all your doctor’s orders, including taking time away from work, getting the rest you need, and attending all follow-up appointments. That includes all physical therapy and rehabilitation sessions, when prescribed.
If your physician requires you to wear a brace or use crutches, follow their instructions to the letter. Cutting corners on your medical recovery will give the insurance company the leverage they need to say you are not as hurt as you claim to be, before undervaluing or outright denying your claim.
If you have not already, contact an experienced personal injury attorney in California to learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue the negligent party who caused your crash and injuries.
At Downtown Law, we will review your case during a free consultation and provide the legal insight you need to pursue a successful claim. That includes routing all communications with the at-fault party’s insurance company through our office, which will allow you to focus on your physical and emotional recovery while we do the necessary legwork to strengthen your case.
Just as you must listen to all your doctor’s orders, you must have open and honest communication with your attorney. We partner with our clients to ensure they understand their rights, and how they can help deliver the integrity their case needs to achieve results.
At Downtown Law, our California personal injury lawyers understand that recovering from a crash caused by negligence and enduring the medical care and time away from work you need to heal is difficult. We also understand that you want others to understand what another person’s negligence has taken from you.
Although you may feel as though you do not have an outlet, now is not the time to discuss your accident, injuries, or how you feel, unless you are talking to your attorney.
Anything you say to family or friends can be shared with the insurance company. For instance, telling other people that you “are fine” can be relayed to the insurance company, and misconstrued as “not hurt at all.”
Likewise, never post on social media while your personal injury case is ongoing. Do not post information about the accident, how it occurred, what you believe happened, or the injuries you sustained. Do not post updates on your progress or allow anyone else to “tag” you in photos, posts, or other communications. Even if your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or other social media platforms are set to private, the insurance company can get around your settings and use any updates against you. The best course of action is to deactivate your accounts while your personal injury case is ongoing.
Depending on the extent of your injuries, your road to recovery may take months or even years. During this time, your focus should be squarely on a full recovery. This means delaying your social activities, and only going back to work once you have been cleared to do so by your physicians.
Through each step of your personal injury case, our attorneys will provide clear instructions for moving forward. Follow them. We know that life can become mundane during your recovery, but it is important to listen to your physicians and your attorney, so you can pursue the best outcome for your unique case.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver in California, contact our skilled Riverside personal injury attorneys at Downtown Law today by calling (888) 843-5290 to schedule a free consultation. We will fight for the realistic financial recovery you are entitled to, so you can focus on your physical and emotional well-being.