An Update from Our Firm about COVID-19

Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner remains fully operational and committed to serving our clients and colleagues throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. As we follow the CDC guidelines and practice social distancing, we remain available for phone consultations and scheduled in-person meetings with both current and prospective clients and colleagues. Please contact our office by email or by calling 713-222-7211 with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Nine Common Mistakes in Personal Injury Lawsuits

The scenarios described below are common mistakes made by victims or lawyers in personal injury lawsuits. Avoiding mistakes like these can improve your chances of receiving maximum compensation.

1. Not using experts. An expert witness can explain how the negligence of the defendant resulted in the plaintiff's injuries.

2. Not having good proof. If you are in a car accident, take pictures. Complete a police report. Take pictures of your injuries. Once the scene is cleared or your injuries heal, it will be much more difficult to re-create it without evidence.

3. Not being honest with your doctor. Don't try to game the system by making your injuries seem worse than they are. You will almost certainly be found out eventually.

4. Missing doctor's appointments. A missed appointment will show in your medical records, which will be seen by the defendant and his or her insurance company. This could be used by the other side to show that you were not really injured or that you don't really care. The same applies to stopping medical treatment or failing to take your medication.

5. Being careless with social media. Don't post photos of the accident, exaggerate your injuries or say that you weren't hurt in posts to your friends. Again, this will almost certainly hurt your case if discovered by an insurance company - and someone there will discover it.

6. Accepting a settlement offer from an insurance company without contacting an attorney. The insurance company will try to tell you that you don't need a lawyer because it knows that it will probably have to pay more if you have legal representation.

7. Giving statements or signing documents without getting legal advice. Again, an insurance company will tell you that you don't need to consult a lawyer before signing anything. It is almost certainly hoping that you will say that the accident was your fault or partially your fault. Similarly, don't cash checks or sign releases before consulting an attorney.

8. Not getting witness statements as soon as possible. People's memories fade.

9. Not consulting an attorney. Insurance companies have batteries of lawyers whose job it is to limit how much an insurance company pays out in benefits. Hiring your own attorney will level the playing field a little and improve your chances of getting maximum compensation.

At our Houston personal injury law firm, we have been helping clients with personal injury claims since 1951. You can rely on Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend to get it right from the beginning of your case.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • $50+ Million Personal Injury Fire and Explosion

    The firm successfully represented nearly 100 victims who suffered personal injuries and damages to property from a large fire and explosion resulting in a settlement of more than $50 million. The firm served as lead lawyers on the steering committee in this litigation.

  • $80 Million Personal Injury Large Plant Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 270 plaintiffs, taking a lead role in the plaintiffs’ steering committee, who suffered injuries in a large plant explosion resulting in a settlement of nearly $80 million.

  • $50+ Million Personal Injury Plant Fire and Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 45 personal injury victims in a plant fire and explosion, serving on the plaintiffs steering committee, concluding with a settlement of more than $50 million.

  • $22+ Million Personal Injury Work Site Accident

    The firm prevailed in a personal injury trial for a worksite injury client with the jury returning a verdict and resulting in a judgment of over $22 million for the firm’s client.

  • $12 Million Auto Accident 18-Wheeler Collision

    The firm successfully achieved a $12 million settlement for the family of a man who died in an 18 wheeler collision.

  • $30 Million Personal Injury Burn Victims

    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $30 million.

Our Record Of Success

When you are hurt and you choose a law firm to represent you in court or at the negotiation table, you need to carefully consider the firm's record.

Read More Success Stories

Let Us Help You Request a Free Consultation Today

Get Help Now

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Back to top