Factors That Can Hurt a Michigan Car Accident Lawsuit

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There are many ways an unknowing victim can harm their own Michigan auto injury case without even realizing it.  A person's everyday activities will be scrutinized by insurance adjusters and defense lawyers looking for proof that injuries are not severe enough to recover damages. Below are some common mistakes at can hurt victims with legitimate cases.

Signing Away Your Rights

Seemingly innocent papers such as car damage (mini-tort) releases sometimes have fine print waiving future injury claims or allowing an at-fault insurance company to access your medical records and violate your privacy. Always check with your car accident lawyer first.

Talking About Your Case

Insurance adjusters, defense lawyers, and sometimes jurors may try one day to contact you. Do NOT talk about your case with ANYONE hired by the at-fault driver or insurance company.  If an adjuster wants to ask about your case, have them call your car accident lawyer.

Divulging Information Online

Defense attorneys and insurance adjusters will investigate your MySpace, Facebook and related Web pages, blogs or Twitter accounts — even when set as 'Private' — and look for things that can help their case against you. The purpose of this Internet research is to attempt to show that you are not as injured as you claim. So be careful about postings and photos of your activities. Avoid posting new items and remove any items that can be used to discredit you.

Missing Medical Appointments

Do not miss doctor's appointments. Not going to the doctor may be interpreted as a sign that you are not hurt, or don’t take your case seriously.  Listen to your doctors, and follow their advice. It’s very important for you to show that you’re working hard to recover, and keeping appointments is an important part of that.

Forgetting to Document your Injuries

Anytime you have a surgery or a visible injury, take pictures or have someone take pictures for you. Videos are also great tools to show a jury or an insurance company adjuster just how difficult things have been in the days and weeks following your personal injury or after a surgery.   In addition, take pictures of car damage. Crash repair estimates are often misleading and don’t reflect the full amount of vehicle damage.

Poor Communication with Your Attorney

The best way to avoid mistakes in a lawsuit is to maintain excellent communication with your car accident lawyer. There are so many confusing laws that can wreak havoc on an automobile accident case, even when people are trying to be truthful, honest and do the right thing.  The best advice remains the simplest: Call your car accident lawyer if you have a question, and certainly before doing something that can have an important impact on your case.