There are many mistakes to avoid after suffering a spinal cord injury from an accident. Contacting an attorney immediately after the accident can help you avoid costly mistakes and get you fair compensation for your case.
Top Mistakes to Avoid
Some common mistakes to avoid after an accident resulting in a spinal cord injury are:
- Not seeking immediate medical attention. It is important to seek medical attention for your spinal cord injury immediately after the accident. If you delay medical attention, it may hurt your case. The other party may argue that the injury was not a result of the accident but caused by something else or that your injury was not severe enough for compensation.
- Not gathering evidence. You have no case without evidence. Be sure to gather evidence such as police reports, witness contact information, details from the scene, and photos of your injuries and of the accident scene.
- Not contacting a personal injury attorney. One of the most important things to do immediately after an accident is to contact an attorney. An experienced attorney can give you legal advice, help you understand your legal rights under Florida law, and get you compensated for any damages that result from the accident. By not contacting an attorney, you can make mistakes that will affect the outcome of your case.
- Speaking to insurance companies. Never speak to an insurance company without contacting your attorney first. Insurance companies will never work in your best interest, and many will take what you say to them and use it against you in your case. An attorney will know how to deal with insurance companies and their underhanded tactics.
- Posting details of your case on social media. Sharing details of your accident on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter can hurt your case. The other party can use your photos and postings to try and prove that you do not have a spinal cord injury or that you were not severely injured in the accident. Avoid posting on social media until after your case is settled.
- Admitting you are at fault. Never admit that you were at fault for the accident. You may be entitled to receive a percentage of damages even if you are found partially responsible.
- Waiting too long to file a lawsuit. You have four years to file a personal injury lawsuit in the state of Florida. If you go beyond the statute of limitations, you will not be able to file a case for your spinal cord injury.
Contact an Experienced Attorney
Have you or a loved one suffered a spinal cord injury due to another party’s negligence? If so, contact Browning Law Firm for legal advice. As a former Florida State Trooper, Attorney Coy Browning understands the evidence needed for your case to get you the outcome you deserve. To set up a free, no obligation consultation, fill out our convenient online contact form, or call us today.