Updated February 18, 2020

What Should I Avoid Doing After a Personal Injury Accident?

If you have been injured in an accident, you are probably overwhelmed and maybe even in severe pain.

Unfortunately, what you do after an accident can significantly impact the success of a future personal injury lawsuit—and, equally as important, there are some actions you should avoid.

What should you not do after a Personal Injury?

If you have been injured in an accident, avoid doing the following things.

Don’t Admit Fault or Apologize

You should, of course, be honest when speaking about the accident and what happened, but avoid apologizing or admitting fault. Such statements can easily be twisted or taken out of context.

Insurance companies want to find any reason to avoid paying for damage, and other parties might try to file a lawsuit against you. Apologies or statements of guilt can be used against you.

Don’t Avoid Seeking Medical Care

Even if you think you are not injured, it’s important for you to seek medical care. Injuries can appear later or may not show symptoms right away, so visit a doctor and follow their instructions.

Additionally, don’t minimize or exaggerate your symptoms when speaking with your doctor. Be straightforward about your complaints and injuries.

Don’t Share Details About Your Case

Don’t discuss your accident or legal case with anyone but your doctor without an attorney present—and don’t post about it on social media, either. Anything you share or publish can be later used against you.

Insurance adjusters may contact you and ask for a recorded statement. Don’t speak with them without your attorney present, or you can have a lawyer contact them directly.

Don’t Forget to Document the Accident

Evidence is key in personal injury cases, because the burden of proof is on you to show that negligence took place. Don’t forget to document the accident and gather whatever evidence you can: photographs, videos, witness contact information, and medical records can all help your attorney build a strong personal injury case.

Don’t Hesitate to Ask for Help

An attorney can help you navigate the process of pursuing a personal injury case. They can answer your questions, explain your rights, and clarify your options. Don’t hesitate to contact legal counsel and discuss your case.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, contact an Indianapolis personal injury lawyer from Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve and will be with you every step of the way. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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