Have a Walmart Personal Injury Case? Here's How to Ruin It

Posted over 4 years ago. Applies to Florida, 3 helpful votes

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What not to do...

FAILING TO NOTIFY THE POLICE AFTER THE ACCIDENT AND GIVING A STATEMENT TO AN ADJUSTER, RISK MANAGEMENT REPRESENTATIVE, SECURITY OFFICER OR STORE MANAGER BEFORE SPEAKING TO A BROWARD PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER FAILING TO SECURE EVIDENCE AT THE SCENE BY TAKING PICTURES AND GETTING THE NAMES AND CONTACT INFORMATION FOR ANY WITNESSES (don't rely on the store manager, security guard or police to secure the evidence...do it yourself or get somebody to do it for you if your injuries are too severe.)

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Medical treatment

FAILING TO TIMELY OBTAIN MEDICAL TREATMENT AND HIDING INJURIES FROM YOUR DOCTOR OR FAILING TO COOPERATE WITH YOUR DOCTOR FORGETTING TO TELL NURSES AND DOCTORS ABOUT ALL OF YOUR PAINS AND COMPLAINTS...SOMETIMES ONE AREA OF THE BODY LIKE THE NECK OR BACK IS OF PRIMARY CONCERN BUT YOU FORGET TO TELL ABOUT KNEE PAIN AND THEN IT TURNS OUT YOU HAVE A KNEE INJURY...IT MAY BE DIFFICULT TO CONVINCE A JURY OR CLAIMS ADJUSTER THAT THE KNEE INJURY IS RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT...WRITE OUT YOUR COMPLAINTS AHEAD OF TIME SO WHEN THEY ARE READY TO SEE YOU NOTHING IS FORGOTTEN

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DON'T SIGN ANYTHING

SIGNING INSURANCE COMPANY DOCUMENTS BEFORE CALLING A LAWYER OR ATTORNEY AND ALLOWING THE INSURANCE COMPANY TO GET YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS BEFORE CALLING A LAWYER OR ATTORNEY FORGETTING TO SUBMIT OUTSTANDING MEDICAL BILLS TO YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY AND YOUR OWN AUTO INSURANCE COMPANY HIDING PRIOR INJURIES, CLAIMS OR CRIMINAL MATTERS FROM YOUR LAWYER OR ATTORNEY WAITING TOO LONG TO HIRE A LAWYER OR ATTORNEY BELIEVING YOU CAN HANDLE THEIR CLAIM ON YOUR OWN WITHOUT A LAWYER OR ATTORNEY FAILING TO DOCUMENT NON-VISIBLE INJURIES SUCH AS PAIN/STRESS AND TAKING PICTURES OF VISIBLE INJURIES SUCH AS SCARS AND BRUISING THINKING THE INSURANCE COMPANY IS CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR INJURIES FAILING TO TAKE PICTURES OF THE ACCIDENT SCENE AND GET THE NAMES OF WITNESSES

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Listen to your Attorney

FAILING TO LISTEN TO YOUR ATTORNEY WHEN HE DISCUSSES THE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF YOUR CASE (some clients only like to hear about the strengths of their case and think their attorney isn't on their side when he discusses the weaknesses...without knowing the weaknesses of your case you will not be able to make an informed decision when it comes time to settle)

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