Important Don’ts for Georgia Personal Injury Victims
Our personal injury lawyers at Montlick and Associates recognize that people do not expect to be injured by a negligent driver, faulty product or hazardous condition on the premises of another. Because careless, reckless or intentional conduct that causes injury generally is not anticipated, most people are unprepared when disaster strikes. There are important tips that injury victims should observe when they suffer injury caused by another individual, company or government entity. This personal injury article provides some important don’ts that can help you avoid undermining the value of your personal injury claim.
Don’t share information on social media websites like Facebook.
Social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumbler and other online networking sites are a popular way to stay in touch with friends and loved ones. In most cases, insurance companies for the defendants in a personal injury case generally will be providing legal representation for their insureds. Insurance company investigators now routinely troll personal injury websites searching for information to mitigate their insured’s liability. The best approach is to abstain from any social media activity until your case has been resolved and a settlement or judgment is paid. Even if sensitive information is in password protection areas of a social media website, insurance attorneys routinely request discovery of login information for private areas on such sites. Further, judges in an increasing number of cases are ordering parties to provide access to social media pages.
Don’t talk to responsible parties or the representatives of their insurance companies.
While it might seem that sharing information regarding your medical bills or the facts of an accident is necessary for insurance companies to pay you, the insurer for the other party does not have your best interest in mind. Information should never be provided to these adversarial parties because the goal of the insurer is to deny claims or to mitigate the amount of a settlement or judgment. Insurance companies may ask you to sign paperwork or provide a recorded statement. Personal injury victims should never answer questions or sign anything when requested by an insurance carrier without talking to a personal injury lawyer.
Don’t assume your injuries are not significant enough to merit medical attention.
When people are injured, the stress and shock of being involved in a traumatic incident might make it difficult determine the severity of injury. There also are significant medical conditions like traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that do not immediately manifest symptoms. Car accident victims who delay medical attention for a head injury might experience a less positive prognosis or compromise the medical evidence available in a personal injury case when medical treatment is deferred.
Don’t presume that all Georgia attorneys are equally qualified to handle your personal injury claim.
While there is no rule that prevents an injury victim from hiring a probate lawyer or family law attorney to handle a personal injury case, this is not an advisable approach. Experienced personal injury attorneys have extensive experience in dealing with insurance companies and representing injury victims in civil litigation. If you would not hire a podiatrist to perform your heart surgery, it makes no more sense to hire an attorney inexperienced in accident cases to represent you in a personal injury lawsuit.
Don’t discuss your case with family and friends.
When people experience a serious injury, there medical condition and the traumatic incident that caused their injuries will be issues about which family and friends will naturally inquire. Generally, you should avoid discussing details of your accident or other aspects of your case with other people. When you discuss the facts of your accident and injuries with your lawyer, the information generally will be protected by attorney-client privilege, work product and confidentiality rules. If the information would fall outside such protections, your attorney should advise you of that fact before discuss such matters. However, information you share with family and friends generally will not share these types of protections from discovery by insurance companies.
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