Have you recently filed a personal injury claim in Anchorage? If so, there are a few things you may want to avoid doing while your claim is pending. The following list was compiled by the Law Office of Jason Skala in Anchorage in order to provide you with some useful information and helpful tips about what NOT to do during your personal injury case.
- Don’t post online about your case! Ever! A social media break might be a good idea. This may be difficult if you are a frequent Facebooker or Instagrammer, but it will serve to be a smart move for your claim. Posting anything in relation to your Anchorage personal injury claim could be scrutinized by your opponents. They may use anything you post about your case against you in order to defame your claim.
Thorough investigators often look at online profiles in order to find posts, comments, or pictures that might discredit a person’s claims of disability or injury. Those involved in legal proceedings should use extreme caution when posting on social media, and perhaps not post anything at all during the time your case is open.
Besides refraining from the discussion of your case online, you should also cease to discuss the details of your case with anyone except your own Anchorage personal injury attorney. It is common to lack the knowledge about what to do and what not to do during a personal injury case, which is why we are here to help.
- Do not fail to tell the truth! Lying to an insurer can completely void your personal injury claim, or in a worst-case scenario, you could be criminally charged with insurance fraud. It is important to use caution in what you do say to them, but never lie. You do not have to discuss the ins and outs of your personal injury claim with them, wait for your lawyer to inform you of the next steps to take.
- Omitting case confidentiality is a fail! Do not discuss your case with anyone except your Anchorage personal injury lawyer. If an insurance adjuster, an opposing attorney, or even a juror attempts to make contact with you, refer them all to your lawyer. In a personal injury case, your lawyer is your best friend and confidant. Openly speaking about your claim could give away certain details and sabotage your legal strategy. You could also face criminal charges in the event that your discussion falls under the category of “interfering with a juror.” Do not even discuss your case with friends and family. If an important detail slips from a loved one’s mouth at the wrong time, it could cause detrimental consequences for your case.
- Failing to consult your attorney. Never speak with anyone or sign anything pertaining to your case without first consulting your attorney. The small print present on anything you put your signature on could mean that you just surrendered your right to pursue legal action against a responsible party. Even something as seemingly innocent as signing a check meant to reimburse you financially for a rental vehicle could mean forfeiting your legal rights. Always consult your lawyer before putting your John Hancock on anything.
- Failing to adhere to medical advice. An important step to take in a personal injury case is to go to the doctor. An even more important step to take once you’ve gone to the doctor is to follow the doctor’s orders. If a doctor tells you that you can’t lift more than 5 pounds, don’t try to pick up your 5-year-old nephew. If you fail to follow the doctor’s orders, miss medical appointments, the insurer will most likely use your failure to follow the advice given to you by a medical professional as evidence that you’re not really as debilitatingly injured as you claim. Make sure to be at all of your doctor’s appointments on time, and to follow all of the instructions given to you by doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals. The government website for Health and Human Services can provide you with helpful information about where to obtain valid health insurance if need be and other ways you can obtain financial relief from medical expenses.
The Law Office of Jason Skala has been successfully protecting and preserving the rights of injured accident victims for many years. We work on a contingency fee basis which means that you pay nothing unless awarded compensation for your injuries and losses. As long as you follow these simple guidelines during your personal injury case and listen to all of the useful and important advice and information provided to you by your attorney, your case should be successful.
If you are searching for more helpful information pertaining to your personal injury case and its associated costs, you can go to USA.gov/benefits. This site provides links to pages where you can apply for unemployment benefits, get benefits and assistance from the government, and more.
Suffering injuries due to another person’s negligence is one of the most stressful experiences a person can go through, which is why we are here to help you through this difficult time. Contact Attorney Jason Skala online or call our law firm at 907-569-6633 to get started on your own personal path to physical, financial, and emotional recovery today.