Okay, in reality, none of these actions or behaviors will actually cause you to physically expire. However, they can make life very difficult for you in the aftermath of a personal injury accident. It is common to assume that once you have been injured that your ability to recover damages (and the value of these damages) is set in stone. This is simply not true: In fact, your actions following your injury accident can have as great of an impact on your ability to recover damages and the value of those damages as can the facts that led to the accident. Avoid these seven “deadly sins” to give yourself the greatest opportunity to succeed in your lawsuit:
- Being Apologetic
Nothing sinks a personal injury lawsuit faster than admissions of fault or liability by the injured plaintiff. In every jurisdiction, admissions made by one party in a lawsuit are admissible without the need for the party themselves to testify. This means that if you say “I’m sorry,” “I wasn’t looking where I was going,” “I’m so clumsy,” or anything of this nature, expect that the other party in your lawsuit will bring this up in your lawsuit and argue that you share some, if not all, of the blame for causing the accident.
- Being Tough
While one might assume that only men would attempt to act tough, women too may try to minimize the severity of their injuries following a personal injury accident. Men and women alike may feel as if they do not have time to be sick or injured and/or cannot afford to miss time from work. As a result, they may delay seeking medical evaluation and treatment. Not only can this result in injuries becoming worse and more complicated to treat (and thereby increasing the patient’s costs and recovery time), but failing to seek medical treatment and following the doctor’s advice following an injury can be considered negligent behavior that reduces the amount of your recovery.
When it comes to your injury lawsuit, you only have a limited amount of time in which to investigate the cause(s) of your accident, identify the responsible party or parties, and file your complaint for damages. This time limit is contained in the state’s statute of limitations and begins running on the date of your accident. While several years may seem like a long time, the truth is that this time can run very quickly given all that you must do following an accident.
- Relying on Your Memory
By the time your personal injury lawsuit is resolved you will have told your version of events to various individuals several times. When your version of events is not consistent from one telling to the next, it negatively impacts your credibility and makes it more difficult for a judge or jury to believe you. This is why you should write down in detail the facts of your injury as soon as you can after the accident occurs. Keep this document in a safe place and refer to it anytime you need to recount how your accident happened, whether it be for a doctor, your attorney, an insurance adjustor, and/or for the judge or jury.
Retaining the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident is one of the best ways of ensuring you do not engage in activity that jeopardizes your recovery. Attorney Michael R. Lawless knows what it takes to provide you with the greatest opportunity for success in your case and will help guide you throughout the civil lawsuit process. Contact Kansas Personal Injury Attorney Michael R. Lawless by calling (800) 734-3771 and allow his knowledge and experience benefit you and your case.