One of the biggest mistakes people make after being injured in a car accident is speaking directly to the insurance adjuster. Almost inevitably, the insurance adjuster will record your conversation and try to use anything and everything you say against you when evaluating the claim. You are NOT obligated to speak directly to/give a recorded statement to an adverse insurance carrier. Once you retain a personal injury attorney, the insurance company is forbidden from making direct contact with you and will communicate only via your attorney.
Missing doctor's appointments.
There is little that will hurt an injured person's case more than missing doctor's appointments. No-shows and cancelled appointments get the adverse insurance carriers asking; "how hurt can this person really be if he/she doesn't even follow up with his/her doctor regularly?" It is absolutely essential to make doctor's appointments and physical therapy sessions regularly.
Posting ANYTHING relating to your injury case on facebook, myspace, etc.
The Internet is a dangerous place for injured claimants/plaintiffs. Many people do not realize that nearly everything and anything posted on Internet social network sites like Facebook and Myspace is discoverable by the insurance company if/when a lawsuit is filed in a given case. Be especially cautious about posting pictures of yourself doing activity that wouldn't be expected of a person involved in an auto accident who was treating for painful injuries.
Lying to your attorney/not disclosing important information.
For some reason, some people feel the need to "prove" their case to their own attorney or hide information they feel would be damaging to their case. This almost always inevitably backfires. Your attorney needs to know each and every fact about your case, both good and bad, if he/she is to obtain the best results possible for you. If you are hiding something from your attorney, chances are the adverse party will discover it (especially if the adverse is an insurance company with vast resources) and your attorney will not be able to protect you at that point. One of the most commonly omitted/lied about pieces of information is an injured person's medical history. However, in Wisconsin, having a pre-existing condition does not bar one from recovery where that pre-existing condition is exaggerated or exacerbated by a new accident. Tell your attorney everything and anything that might be relevant to your case.
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