When traumatic life events happen, it is only natural to want to take part in finding a resolution. But in some instances when you try to help yourself you can actually end up causing more harm than helping your cause. For instance, if your car needs new tires it is usually best to take it to the tire shop and have them do the installation after you pick out which tires work best for your vehicle. The same is true in the legal field, even though the law allows a person to tackle their own case. Partnering with a skilled personal injury attorney will allow you to focus on your life, while your attorney focuses on your case. Once you decide to let an attorney take care of your legal matters for you, the next step is to avoid doing things that hurt your case.
Five ways you may be sabotaging your personal injury case include:
- Failing to provide your attorney with all of the information needed to adequately represent your interests. Every detail may not seem important, and that may be true. But if you leave out some of the facts it will be difficult for your attorney to determine which pieces of the puzzle fit together, and which can be discarded. In order to reach the best possible result, be sure to give all of the information about the accident to your attorney for analysis.
- Posting information online about your case, or talking to third parties too much about what is happening can cause your personal injury case to suffer. This is because if sensitive information finds its way into the hands of the other side, it might be used against you. In order to prevent this from happening, limit who you share information with to your attorney and other authorized persons.
- Signing a release or giving a statement without your attorney’s approval.
- Ignoring doctor’s orders. If you do not follow the physician’s recommended treatment plan, you may end up in pain longer than necessary, or causing additional injuries. When that happens it is difficult to pinpoint the cause of your injuries and the negligent driver will likely try to escape liability based on your own actions contributing to or causing your injuries.
- Failing to disclose pre-existing injuries, or prior accidents. This falls into the category of telling everything to your attorney. When you fail to advise of prior injuries or wrecks, it appears as if you have something to hide. This will impact your credibility with the jury and an insurance adjuster.
While it can be tempting to try and work things out for yourself, or to talk it over with a friend, the work of a personal injury lawsuit is best left to trained legal professionals. We have helped others recover from accidents, and can help you too. We take a personal approach to all of our cases, by keeping you involved in your case from start to finish and listening to your needs. Call us today for more information.
If you have been in a car wreck or other accident, call our office to schedule an appointment today. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.