A personal injury severe enough to file a claim can be a life-changing event, both emotionally and financially. As such, it is often very stressful and it can negatively affect your relationships to others during that time. Here are a few troubled-relationship traps you may wish to avoid.
Negative Work Relationships
Negative behavior on or off the job will definitely affect how coworkers view you and their potential testimony in your case. If you are filing a personal injury claim against the company you work for, it is important to keep relationships there as positive as possible. Do not discuss the company in a negative light or in view of the compensation you may receive in your case. Comments at work or about work can come back to haunt you.
Divorce Division of Assets
Who receives any given portion of the money you receive from a personal injury claim or award may be in question until after your divorce is finalized. How the money may be divided depends upon the court’s approach in your state and how it views the details of your case.
- Advise your personal injury lawyer at once about the possibility of a divorce and the need to confer with a family lawyer Peoria IL trusts regarding your case.
- Keep a separate, individual bank account in which to place any proceeds you receive from the personal injury claim or jury award.
- Do not mingle these assets with shared assets until the divorce distribution is completed.
Charges like a driving under the influence (DUI) are all too easy to receive when one lets their guard down. For many, drinking is an inherent part of their social behavior. You may feel that having a few drinks will ease the stress or pain you are experiencing from your personal injury. However, charges such as a DUI or drunk and disorderly can hurt your case for legitimate compensation for personal injury. This is a complication you should make every effort to avoid. In addition, driving while impaired or drunk can bring serious consequences, including steep fines and jail time, not to mention injuring or killing yourself and possibly others.
Social Media Conflicts
Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have become the norm for sharing many day-to-day and important events in one’s life, from the pie they ate last night to Grandma’s untimely demise. As such, it is a great place for insurers to mine gold in regards to information about you. Anything you post can and will be used against you. Remember, what you post is not ‘hearsay’. It is now a written document, and as such, has validity in court.
Dates and locations of your postings may come back to contradict your sworn testimony. The time, date, and location of pictures and commentary you post can be used to challenge and invalidate your version of timeframes and events around your injuries. Even ‘Liking’ pages like addiction forums may tip off investigators and lead them to report that your addictions or alcohol abuse led to your injuries.
Increasingly, online pictures and posts are gathered as evidence and used in court. Disproving your injury claim becomes a piece of cake when a picture dated after your injury supposedly occurred shows you dancing the Cha Cha with a martini in your hand.
Be very careful when posting comments, videos or photos:
- Change your ‘public’ settings to ‘private’.
- Do not allow ‘tagging’.
- Block all ‘sharing’.
- Better yet, don’t post or interact in any way on your social media accounts until after your personal injury claim is resolved, and never post or comment about it.
If you have filed a personal injury claim, you are facing an emotional, physical, and financial battle. Timely advice and experienced legal action can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Thanks to our friends and contributors from Smith & Weer, P.C. for their insight into personal injury and divorce practice.