It can be hard to take action when you're trying to recover from injuries you have because of another person's behavior. If you are considering legal action against the person responsible for your injuries, it can be easy to make errors that could end up hurting any claim you file, especially if you have no experience with the process. These are some of the mistakes you could make without the proper guidance.
Conversations with the Other Party
You may feel that if you simply had the chance to speak to the person responsible for your injuries, you could come to a fair solution. If the other party is a personal friend, this might enter your mind often. However, this could lead to heated arguments and further trouble. It is best to only communicate through your lawyers. That way, every communication is recorded and there is a lower chance that new misunderstandings could derail the process.
Not Seeing Your Physician
You might not agree with your doctor's treatment plan or you just might not feel well enough to get to all of your doctor visits. However, absence from physician visits can be a misstep that could damage your case. It could be made to appear as if your injuries are minor and undeserving of compensation.
If there is a problem that prevents you from heading to your primary care physician, it is vital that you talk with both them and your attorney to best determine how to receive adequate medical care so that you don't undermine your own claim.
Not Giving Your Attorney Information
Even though you may know that your attorney is working on your behalf, it's easy to keep information from them if you don't think it's relevant to your current personal injury claim. For instance, you might have an alcohol problem, but because you weren't drinking when you were injured, you may feel foolish bringing it up at all. However, if the other party knows this, they could try to bring that up and it could cause a problem for your claim.
Instead of guessing about what is or is not important for your lawyer to know, give them as much information as you can. They can make the final decision about what information they will use to make your case and defend you.
To prevent yourself from making the errors described in this article, it's a good idea to speak to your attorney as often as you can. For example, personal injury claims handled by Bell Jacoe & Co or a similar firm can help direct your actions and let you know whether you're doing everything possible to bolster your case.