Ensure you’re well-prepared when lodging a strong personal injury claim. Your initial approach should be to collect detailed evidence surrounding the incident, so you can provide as much information as possible to support your case.
Soon after the accident, write down everything you know, take photos and draw diagrams that portray what happened. In order to maintain the best chance of getting back everything you deserve, avoid the following things that will work against you.
Gaps in Your Medical Record
Your medical records will act as the basis for almost your entire assessment. This will involve ongoing testing and follow-up appointments to keep track of the progress of your injury. Missing these appointments could greatly reduce the amount of compensation you receive.
A “gap” could be classed as the time between the accident and your first attempt to seek medical help. It could also be a large space of time between medical appointments. Prolonged gaps may devalue your case, so make sure you visit a doctor regularly – and keep a record of these visits.
Remember that some gaps cannot be avoided. Just because you miss a medical appointment, that doesn’t mean you weren’t still suffering in some way. For example, you may have an illness that prevents you from seeing a doctor, or you may be out of town visiting family. If you have a fair excuse for a gap in your medical record, share this with your lawyer, as they can take steps to ensure it’s not used against you.
Social Media Posts
Social media has evolved into a popular place for people to share their thoughts, and it’s no surprise that many users utilise the platform to share information about accidents they’ve been involved in.
However, it’s advised that you avoid using social media when you have lodged – or are thinking of lodging – a personal claim.
A strong claim is based on physical industries and expenses associated to these, so it’s in the interests of the party you are claiming against, to prove that damages are not very severe. They regularly find evidence for their own case from social media pages. This could include photos or posts from the claimant that shows them enjoying a high quality of life, despite their accident.
Anything you post online is classed as a public record, meaning it can be used against you. The best approach is to avoid social media altogether, as other parties will often be able to scrape evidence that may seem insignificant to you.
Consult a lawyer for the best possible chance of receiving the compensation you’re owed, and ensuring you’re taking the right steps to present a strong personal injury claim.