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The 5 Biggest Do’s and Don’ts When It Comes to Hurting Your Case

Posted on Sunday, July 8th, 2018

Throughout his career Coker Law Partner, Charles Sorenson has been dedicated to representing seriously injured plaintiffs and their families in complex personal injury and wrongful death cases. His dedication and experience has resulted in the successful conclusion of thousands of cases, both in jury verdicts and mediated settlements.

Over his many years he has seen where clients have put their own cases at risk. He shares the top 5 things he advises clients should do or not do to protect the outcome of their case.

Tip #1 Don’t Wait to See A Lawyer

You can lose evidence if you wait too long, you can lose the opportunity to get evidence, you can lose witnesses, people move, people leave.  So, if you think you should talk to a pick up the phone and call, there is a chance you don’t have a but the worst thing you can hear is that you did have a case but that you waited too long.

Tip #2 Don’t Wait to Get Medical Treatment

People hope they are going to feel better, they get distracted, they get busy with their lives, they don’t have the money.  But it can hurt you when you go to make a claim.  So, go get checked out, make it a priority. Now there are even some time deadlines to see a doctor in order to be able to make a claim.  Besides it’s important not just for you, but also for your family that you take care of yourself.

Tip #3 Do Hire an Experienced Attorney

There really is no reason to hire an inexperienced attorney today because you can go online and check out people.  Experienced lawyers and their law firms have websites.  Do that, check out the website, just like you are doing right now.  Ask your friends, ask your neighbors who they’ve had good experiences with.  If you have an inexperienced lawyer, it’s going to hurt your case.

Tip #4 Do Talk to Your Attorney Before Your Insurance Company

I know that seems counter-intuitive.  They are your insurance company, they are supposed to be there when you need them.  But, too often, insurance companies do not have your best interest at heart. They are there to save money and to do everything they can to build their case against you, so you need to learn about what your rights are before you talk with the insurance company.

Tip #5 Don’t Post Inappropriate Social Media. 

You’ve heard it before about posting inappropriate things on social media – but many people even after they hire their lawyer people will post inappropriate social media content.

Remember if a lawsuit is filed insurance companies will have access to it.  Remember also a picture is worth a thousand words. Don’t help the insurance company with what you may think is an innocent post. So, a good rule of thumb is to not put anything on social media that you do not want shown to a jury one day if your case should not be settled and should go to trial.

IF YOU’RE SERIOUSLY INJURED OR LOST A LOVED ONE IN A WRONGFUL DEATH – WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved that you suspect was due to the negligence of others, speak with an experienced personal injury or wrongful death attorney. You may qualify to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses related to your injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one. To speak with complex injury attorney, Charles Sorenson, or for more information call (904) 356-6071 or click here to schedule a free consultation.