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How Insurance Adjusters will use your Facebook Account Against you after a Pratt or Garden City Automobile Accident
Social media has become a part of every day life for most Kansans. We use it to tell our friends about updates in our lives, but sometimes the information posted on social media can come back to bite you. This is especially true in personal injury lawsuits. You may just want everyone to know why you are so hard to get a hold of recently, but as innocent as your motives may be, insurance adjusters may use it to debunk your case.
To prepare yourself after a wreck, follow these four tips:
- Refrain from posting at all on social media until your case is over. Innocently mentioning something about a fun weekend could be used against you. The insurance will try to say that you are faking your injuries, or the injuries are not as severe because otherwise you wouldn’t be able to participate in those activities. Even if you think your profile is secure and private, anything on the internet can be seen. In our office we require all clients who are injured to follow their doctors instructions and to be honest about their injuries. Hiding activities that violate doctor restrictions or being dishonest about your injuries will result in the immediate termination of you as a client in our office.
- Talk to family, friends and neighbors before the insurance adjuster does. It’s not uncommon for an adjuster to seek out information from people you know. Their questions may seem innocent, but finding out from a neighbor that you mowed your lawn last week could result in your claim being denied. They may also try to spy on you and use video recordings to deny your claim. Juries understand that injuries will not prevent you from doing certain activities but this will not stop an insurance company from using this as an excuse to deny your claim.
- Know what a “side agreement” is and be on the lookout. If your insurance company enters in an agreement with the careless driver, they may be trying to get reimbursed for bills without telling you. It’s important to notify your Wichita personal injury lawyer if you find out about any such agreement.
- If your insurance tells you that your car has to be appraised by the other driver’s insurance, 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.
At Ray Hodge & Associates, we believe in personal injury handled personally. At our office you see a lawyer from the very first meeting because we believe your case deserves an experience personal injury attorney right from the start.
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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