How to Contribute to Your Car Accident Claim

December 8, 2020
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If you are recovering from car accident injuries, you may be thinking about taking action against those who were responsible for the wreck in which you were hurt. After all, dealing with unanticipated injuries can be costly. From mounting medical bills to weeks—or even months—of missed work, the associated damages can add up fast.

With so much at stake, it’s wise to turn to a professional for help. As long as you hire a reputable car accident attorney, you can be sure your claim will proceed in good hands.

While a resourceful legal team will handle virtually all the logistics of your case, there are still steps you can take to contribute to the strength of your claim. Examples include:

1. Keeping a Personal Injury Journal

South Carolina allows for the recovery of non-economic damages like loss of enjoyment in life, mental anguish, and psychological trauma. Since such damages aren’t accompanied by receipts or invoices, though, proving their extent can pose a challenge.

One of the simplest ways to illustrate your non-economic losses is by keeping a journal. Entries detailing the ways in which your injuries are hurting your quality of life will help contextualize your medical records.

2. Staying off Social Media

As long as your claim is pending, it’s advisable to stay off social media. Claims adjusters often monitor online activity in an attempt to find reason to deny or at least devalue the cases they review.

If temporarily disabling your accounts is not an option, you can protect yourself by:

  • Adjusting your privacy settings so only approved connections can see what you post;
  • Filtering all new requests and denying those from people whom you don’t recognize; and
  • Not posting about the accident, your injuries, or the case.

3. Referring All Correspondence to Your Legal Team

If you engage with the opposing party directly, they may try to manipulate you into jeopardizing your claim. They might demand a recorded statement, for example, which could “lock in” your total damages before you know their full extent. They may also be able to convince you to accept some degree of blame, which would reduce their own financial obligation accordingly.

To avoid hurting your case inadvertently, make sure to refer everyone from the opposing party to your personal injury attorney.

4. Following Doctor’s Orders

Car accident claimants have an obligation to mitigate damages. This includes seeking prompt medical care and following all medical advice once they do.

If you fail to take reasonable measures to mitigate damages, the opposing party may be able to shift some liability onto you. Under South Carolina’s modified comparative fault rule, this could prohibit you from seeking compensation for 100 percent of your losses.

Speak with a Car Accident Attorney Today

If you were struck by a negligent motorist, contact Hodge & Langley Law Firm to determine how best to proceed. Our strategic team has more than 50 years of combined experience in legal practice.

We will use all the resources at our disposal to help you pursue the maximum payout possible. Call 864-585-3873 or use our Online Contact Form to set up a free consultation with a car accident lawyer in South Carolina.

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