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Top 3 mistakes to avoid during your personal injury case

When someone else's negligence causes you to suffer serious injuries, seeking legal recourse can offer you the best option. The proceeds of a lawsuit can help cover medical bills, lost earnings and other types of losses. An experienced attorney can assess the strength of your case and advise you as to the best way forward.

However, even a very strong case can take a serious hit if you do not take care to avoid these common missteps.

1. Sharing details on social media

Social media has permeated various aspects of life today. You may have grown accustomed to posting about the details of your everyday experiences. However, posting about your personal injury case can have undesirable effects. A casual phrase, an incautious picture or a seemingly contradictory statement can trip up your case. Anything you say will become subject to the worst possible interpretation. For this reason, it is best to avoid discussing your case on social media altogether.

2. Disregarding medical instructions

When you see a doctor for your injuries, he or she will typically give you specific directions for further care. You may need to see another specialist, undergo testing or follow a certain regimen. Whatever the case, you need to follow these instructions scrupulously. Failing to do so can give the defendant's attorneys grounds to claim the seriousness of your injuries stems from your failure to listen to medical advice rather than from the defendant's negligence.

3. Missing important deadlines

A personal injury case may never even get off the ground if you miss the deadline for filing a complaint. In Missouri, a person typically has five years from the accident to start a case. However, if your case involves medical malpractice, you only have two years from the date you discover your injury; the law allows a maximum of 10 years from the act of malpractice to find out about its adverse consequences. Consulting an attorney as soon as possible after the accident or learning of your injury can give you the time you need to consider your decisions and to take action before time runs out.

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Ben Schmitt

Attorney Ben Schmitt

Mr. Schmitt has over 25 years of legal experience in Missouri and Kansas, and he has been first chair in over 100 jury trials in state and federal courts. He is recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal, Super Lawyers, Avvo.com and Martindale Hubbell as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Missouri and Kansas.

Matt Mulhern

Attorney Matt Mulhern

Mr. Mulhern has over 25 years of legal experience and a 100 percent success rate arguing before the Missouri Court of Appeals. He has a unique knowledge of the inner workings of insurance companies and how they will dispute your injury claim. He practices in both Missouri and Kansas.