You are most likely looking forward to getting compensation after filing your car accident claim. However, it is necessary to avoid doing anything that could hurt your chances of getting the compensation you deserve for the injuries you suffered.
Mistakes during the settlement negotiation phase of your claim can come back to haunt you, and you may end up with less than you deserve when the claim is closed. Below are some of these mistakes.
Settling your claim too soon
Do not settle your claim too quickly, even when the deal seems good. If you are unsure of your damages or think that your condition or injuries may worsen, rushing to settle your claim is not a good idea. Instead, wait until you clearly understand the damages you are entitled to and that the offer you agree to is what your claim is worth.
Social media activity
Your pictures or videos on social media can be used against you when negotiating a settlement. For example, insurance adjusters may downplay your injuries if your social media activity paints an active lifestyle in the face of debilitating injuries. This could negatively affect your claim.
Not understanding your legal rights
The claims process can be overwhelming, especially if you are in a financially distressing situation and you know there are more medical bills and other expenses to come. If you are not aware of your legal rights as a victim of a negligent driver, it is easy to make mistakes and settle for less than you deserve. In such a case, you need experienced legal guidance to help you make sense of things and provide advice on the best way forward.