Facebook and other social media are easy tools for getting out messages quick. After being in a car wreck, you may use it to let everyone know why you’ve been absent from work, not answering your phone or other reasons. You might also just use it to vent about the frustrating situation you are in. Regardless of your reasons, you might want to think twice before posting anything about your accident or what you are now going through because of your accident.
By now, most people know that insurance adjusters aren’t looking out for your best interests. Unfortunately, some people learn this too late in the settlement process. To prepare yourself for the tricks insurance adjusters may use, follow these guidelines after your accident.
Refrain from posting on Facebook until your case is over. Posting on your Facebook wall about going to the gym or other activities you weren’t supposed to participate in can ruin your claim. The insurance adjuster can easily say that if you really suffered whiplash, you wouldn’t be going to the gym. Even if your profile is set to private, there is no sure way to conceal what you post on the Internet. Many people with injuries will go out and try to do things they did before only to find out they just can’t do those activities. However, people who see you on the outside doing activities can’t see on the inside when your body recoils in pain and you spend the entire evening in a hot bath and can’t get our of bed the next morning.
The insurance adjuster may try to talk to family, friends or neighbors. This means if your neighbor said he or she saw you shoveling the snow off the sidewalk last week, the insurance company can deny your claim. They may also try to spy or videotape you for evidence that you are lying or exaggerating about your injuries.
A “side agreement” that your insurance company enters with the careless driver is something to be wary of. They may be trying to get reimbursed for bills on their part without telling you. Be sure to contact your personal injury attorney if you learn of any such agreement.
If your insurance company tells you that you must have your car appraised through the careless driver’s insurance company, don’t believe them. You are paying your insurance for these services and they should take care of these expenses. You may need to pay the deductible, but this should be reimbursed after a settlement is reached.
If you have had a Kansas car wreck injury that was not your fault and need medical treatment, you need an experienced professional who can help you get back on the road to recovery. Call us today at 316-269-1414 or visit our contact page here. Our Kansas personal injury attorneys will provide you a free initial consultation and if we take your case you don’t pay a dime unless we recover money for you. Even then we only take a percentage of the total amount of your recovery.
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