As a Fort Worth personal injury lawyer, there are a number of ways in which an accident victim could potentially ruin their bodily injury claim against the at-fault party’s insurance company. Some of the most common mistakes I’ve seen time and again include:
- Failing to seek medical treatment the day of the accident
- Giving a written or recorded statement to the liable insurance company
- Providing the liable insurance company with access to their medical history
- Failing to consult with a board certified Fort Worth personal injury lawyer
- Posting thoughtless comments on Facebook or Twitter
Another mistake I often see people making is failing to listen to or act on the advice of their doctor (whether it’s a specialist, a chiropractor or a primary care physician).
I completely understand that accident victims often feel the need to push themselves. They don’t want to stay off work. They want to be able to play with their kids, walk the dog, or shop for groceries. But if your doctor has told you to do nothing more strenuous that move between the bed, the couch and the bathroom, then you must follow the doctor’s orders as strictly as possible. Doctors record the advice that they give their patient and you can bet that the insurance adjustor assigned to your case will be only too happy to poke holes in your case if they find out that you have not being following your doctor’s advice.
Failing to adhere to the orders given to you by a medical professional can seriously undermine your case because the insurance company can use it against you. You are effectively allowing them to rob you of the full and fair compensation you deserve because you are giving them an excuse to argue that you were not as hurt as you claimed.
Aside from the financial implications of not listening to your doctor is the fact that returning to work or other activities prematurely (and in disobedience of instructions from your doctor) can cause further damage to your body. In these situations, the insurance company is completely within their right to argue that the exasperations of your injuries are entirely your fault – because you did not listen to your doctor.
Don’t Make a Mistake Which Could Cost You
It is always a good idea to consult with a Fort Worth personal injury lawyer as soon as possible if you are considering perusing a claim for damages following a vehicular collision or other accident. In the meantime, please request a complimentary copy of my book 15 Mistakes That Will Wreck Your Texas Accident Case to help you avoid the common blunders which many Fort Worth personal injury victims make.
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