#5. Do Not Take Proper Medical Care. Whether it is because you believe showing up in court with a notable defect or because you simply don’t have the motivation to do it, not taking proper care to get well can make your testimony appear weak and frivolous. Similarly, seeking endless doctor’s appointments in an effort to increase the perceived value of the case will fall short and can ruin your image in court. This also isn’t the time to try alternative medicine just because you believe that the defendant will pick up the tab. Instead, seek immediate medical attention, follow the doctor’s instructions, and work toward a healthier you with the prescribed medication or therapies.
#4. Don’t Get Medical Care at All. Did you opt out of the medical attention at the site of the accident? Did you hold off on going to the doctor for your sore neck for several weeks? These decisions can have a drastic impact on how your injuries are perceived by the court. It is best to get checked immediately after any accident, even if you don’t feel any pain or discomfort in the moment.
#3. Ruin Valuable Evidence. One of the greatest examples of this is failing to take pictures. Today, with most people carrying smartphones at all times, it is easy to take pictures at the scene of an accident. Recently that occurred to a victim of a Tampa auto accident. However, if you can’t snap away at that time, then you should at least get pictures of your injuries and any damage to a vehicle or other property as soon as possible. Those photos are further proof.
#2. Ignoring Potential Witnesses. Did you see someone else nearby when the incident occurred? If so, then you should do your best to record his or her contact information. Failing to do so can mean losing the ability to have him or her speak up about what really happened in that moment.
#1. Admitting Fault. In the moments after an accident, a person’s mind is generally less than clear. Unfortunately, this is often when they are questioned about what occurred. Admitting fault, apologizing, or offering too much information can leave you vulnerable. It can ruin your lawsuit before it is even filed. In those moments, try your best to maintain composure and answer only what is asked. Do not admit fault and ask for a few moments to clear your head if you are feeling overwhelmed.