Tip # 10: Don’t Talk About Your Claim
Don’t Talk to the Defendant’s Insurance Company
Our last tip is simple: Don’t talk to anyone about your claim. When anything you say can and will be used against you, the best thing you can to is let your lawyer do the talking on your behalf.
Soon after your accident, representatives from the defendant’s insurance company will start calling you to try to get information about what happened. While they may sound helpful, what they are really trying to do is get you to say something they can use to minimize your claim for compensation.
Giving a statement to the insurance company only helps the insurance company. So, when they call, let it go to voicemail, and then let your lawyer respond on your behalf.
Don’t Talk About Your Claim on Social Media
Many auto accident victims end up hurting their claims by sharing photos and information on social media. If you write a Facebook post that suggests that you might be responsible, or if you post a photo of yourself at a baseball game on Twitter, these are the kinds of things that defense lawyers will jump on to argue against paying you any compensation.
Don’t Talk to Your Friends and Family
While it may be tempting to discuss your injuries or the status of your claim with your friends, neighbors, or family members, we recommend that you refrain from doing so. Why? Because people misconstrue and misremember, and people talk to other people.
While you may think that you are having a personal conversation in confidence, the person with whom you’re speaking may have other ideas. While it may be completely innocent, they may still end up sharing your information with someone else. If they share something inaccurately, or if you said something that you really shouldn’t have said, this could come back to haunt you during settlement negotiations or at trial.
REMEMBER: Anything you say to anyone could end up being used against you in court. As a result, it is generally best to stay quiet until your case has been resolved.
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