Medical Mistakes Made by Injured Car Accident Victims

Even after the motor vehicle accident scene has been cleared and you are under a doctor's care for your injuries, you still have to be vigilant about protecting your auto accident claim. This includes avoiding the following medical mistakes that can significantly reduce the value of your claim:

  1. Not being totally honest with doctors regarding past medical history. Tell them everything!
  2. Playing tough and not telling doctors each and every location of pain.
  3. Talking with your doctor about legal stuff instead of focusing only on the medical part.
  4. Not keeping all medical appointments.
  5. Only talking about the worse symptoms and keeping quiet regarding other symptoms.
  6. Not telling doctors about inability or limitation in working and not getting a work release if needed.
  7. Not doing exactly what the doctor says to do.
  8. Stopping medical treatment without a doctor's consent.
  9. Not treating emotional injuries if they arise after the accident; pain and disability can cause depression and anxiety. If you experience symptoms, tell your doctor.

The Evidence Victims Need to Support a South Carolina Injury Claim

In general, auto accident victims should try to obtain any type of evidence that can help paint a clear picture of what happened when the accident occurred. The more evidence, the stronger the victim's legal claim will be. Charleston car accident lawyers agree that some helpful evidence includes the following.


If possible, take photos of everything related to the accident scene. This can include the vehicles, the street or intersection, surrounding areas, and any signage or lighting near the road. If the other driver appears impaired, it may be useful to take a photo or video of his behavior, but only do so with extreme caution. Do not put yourself or anyone else in further jeopardy by agitating an impaired person.

Witness Information

Ask anyone who may have witnessed the accident for his name and contact information. Witnesses can be contacted later to support your claim or provide further details.

Police Report

Police reports are public records, and accident victims can obtain a copy. While it may not be admissible as evidence, the police report can be understood as an unbiased description of the circumstances of the accident, including the police officer's perspective about who was at fault for the crash.

Property Damage Records

Keep all receipts and appraisals related to any damage that was done to your property in the auto accident. This can include both your vehicle and any other items inside the car at the time of the crash.

Medical Records and Bills

It's important to maintain a file of medical expenses that contains all your paperwork from medical appointments related to the accident, including those from hospital stays, office visits, rehabilitation appointments, and medications.

Personal Journal

While a personal journal isn't considered legal evidence, it can serve an important purpose. Write down what you remember about the accident, and track the progress of your recovery. Over time, memories can fade, and details can be lost. A journal can help victims provide specific and timely information when asked.

South Carolina Car Accident Cases Require an Experienced Legal Team

If you were involved in a serious car accident in Charleston, you will need help filing a personal injury claim. At Derrick Law, we welcome your car accident case and will do our best to help you get a fair settlement. Our Charleston, SC, car accident attorneys know what it takes to prove negligence in your car accident case, and our legal team will get to work for you. If you are looking for an experienced auto accident lawyer, look no further than Derrick Law. Car accidents can turn lives upside down. Call us to schedule a free consultation.* 

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South Carolina Lawyer Dirk Derrick helps victims recover from car accidents, personal injury & wrongful death.