I represent injured people across South Carolina. They are generally great folks who come to me looking for guidance and justice. Unfortunately, some of these men and women commit major mistakes that damage their personal injury case. I wrote this blog article to help you avoid errors and obtain fair compensation.
First, do not give the at-fault party's insurance company a recorded statement; they will only use your words against you. You can agree to an unrecorded statement, but I would consult an attorney before saying anything else to an insurance adjuster. Remember, the adjuster's job is to pay you as little as possible - do not help them achieve that goal by providing a recorded statement.
Second, tell your personal injury attorney about all pre-existing conditions and prior accidents. The insurance company will eventually obtain all that information. It is important for your lawyer to know your health history, as well as the details of any prior insurance claims you have made. Like your doctor, an attorney can only help you if he/she knows all the facts.
Third, never be disrespectful toward your lawyer, his staff, or the insurance defense team. It is hard to stay calm and patient over the course of a personal injury case. However, you must resist any temptation to disrespect the team of people who are helping you or the side that is evaluating how much money you should receive for your injuries.
These are just three of the major mistakes that must be avoided if you want to obtain a fair result from your South Carolina personal injury claim. The insurance company is always looking for ways to pay you less for the harm, loss, and damage you sustained in an accident. Following these suggestions, as well as others I provide in my books will help you achieve fairness. If you have any questions, I am here to help. Call me today at (803) 790-2800.