If you’re involved in an accident in Texas, you need to know what to do and just as importantly you must know what not to do. The previous article discussed the do’s. This article will focus on the don’ts.
- Delaying legal guidance
Under Texas law, there is a statute of limitations governing the timeframe within which you can file a personal injury lawsuit. This statute may vary with the factors related to your accident; for example, deadlines for accidents involving government bodies are shorter. This is the single biggest reason for getting in touch with an attorney after an accident. Without appropriate legal help, you may be beguiled or pressured into signing away your rights in the case by the other party and insurance company.
- Suppressing information that you believe may hurt your case
Do not suppress or hide information about job firings, accidents, and injuries suffered in the past. The other party can obtain your past medical and work history. Inconsistencies in what you’ve presented and what they unearth can dent your case. Your lawyer must know about any past bankruptcies, run-ins with the law, etc. With this information, your lawyer can assess your chances of winning the personal injury lawsuit and prepare the best possible case on your behalf.
- Easily accepting a doctor referral from an attorney
Attorneys referring clients to doctors raise suspicions with the jury and insurance companies. If an attorney has done so multiple times in the past for the same doctor, then it reflects poorly on the attorney, unless the doctor is a specialist and the only available one. Stay clear of attorneys that appear to pressure you into accepting the services of a particular doctor.
- Filing wrong tax returns
Accidents invariably involve a loss of income. In order to claim lost income, you need to furnish tax returns. These have to be accurate. If these are not, you’ll have problems in proving the loss of income. And if you’ve falsified information in the tax returns, you will face greater difficulties in getting your claims cleared.
- Overstating injuries
Jurors, even if they don’t mention it, tend to take a suspicious view of plaintiffs in personal injury cases. It’s up to you to do all that you can to present your case as honestly as you can. Central to this effort is being honest about the extent of injuries. If you exaggerate and are found out, it will impact your credibility and the defendants will exploit it. The defendants will try to access past employment records and medical history to weaken your case and portray you as less than honest.