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Social Security Disability and Your Auto Accident


When experiencing an automotive crash, it is normal to be in a panic. We have had lots of clients tell us that they do not know what was happening at the time of the crash. Your memory will not even serve you right when the time has already passed from the accident.

Here at Haque Legal, it is always our goal to help you out. Our car accident lawyers in Southfield always want to ensure that you know what you should do and what you should not do in case of a car crash in Michigan. We always reiterate that you need to call our car accident injury attorneys immediately after a car crash. We have helped thousands of auto accident victims claim millions of insurance benefits with the proper handling of automobile insurance claims from start to end.

If you do end up forgetting to call because of the panic, we hope that you remind yourself not to commit the mistakes that people who suffered from a car crash would often commit. In this series of articles, we will discuss the common mistakes you should avoid when you are in a car crash.

Never Forget To Send What Your Lawyer Asks

If you are already in the process before proceeding with your insurance claim, then you already have a lawyer who will help you get what you were entitled to. One of the common mistakes that clients make is failing to send what their lawyer asks them to send. 

Lawyers are often very thorough in terms of the evidence that they accumulate through the whole process of recovery of the client. They would ask you to take a photo or a video of any surgery for any type of injury that is being treated. Even weeks or months after the crash, your lawyer will ask you to send your videos and photos of the damage for progress reports. 

This step is not just to ask you about how you are doing or about the specific information related to your injury. Your lawyer is asking you for certain information, specifically photos or videos, and who proved the existence of the damage and how long you suffered for it. 

What are the consequences of this mistake?

Some people believe that they can make their documentation, and this might be true. However, with everything around us in all of the uncertainty, it is always a good idea to have a backup plan or a backup copy of your photos and videos. This is why your lawyer is asking for them. If you fail to send them to your lawyer and end up not submitting them as evidence in court, it can hurt your case very badly.

What is our advice?

In this part, our advice is straightforward: when your lawyer asks you to submit a document or a photo or a video, you submit it to them. Keep in mind that your lawyer is your confidant and your teammate in getting your insurance benefit.

Never go down the Social Security Disability path with the advice of your insurance company.

Social Security Disability is often one of the best ways for insurance companies to make sure that they avoid paying some of the benefits that you are entitled to. Some people mistake signing away their rights to the sum of their advantages and believing that the insurance company is doing them a favor by helping them apply for Social Security Disability (SSD).

While you were indeed entitled to SSD, you should not jump the gun and apply for it just because your insurance company advised you to do so. 

What are the consequences of this mistake?

Keep in mind that you are entitled to the benefits of your insurance policy and, if necessary, for social security disability benefits. This is not like the others were one you claim for the benefits of your no-fault insurance policy. it can be offset with the workmen’s compensation proceeds. 

When you are forced to file for social security disability benefits, and your insurance company uses this to offset against what you would have recovered from the loss, you are indirectly no longer claiming their benefits from the insurance company.

What is our advice?

Our advice is simple. It would be best if you made sure that you will have a lawyer to advise you appropriately on the proper recourse in every step you take. Filing for social security disability is your right, and you are entitled to it. However, incorrectly filing the form for filing prematurely before you get anything from your insurance could lose the benefits you are entitled to initially.

Generally, we are saying that unless your lawyer is the one who told you to file something or to apply for another benefit that you are entitled to, you should say no.

Never continue inappropriate behavior.

There are a lot of practices that private investigators in insurance adjusters do that we have seen in court. Some of them are acceptable, while others are done to reach a specific emotion on the part of the judge or the jury. 

Imagine this scenario, your private investigator or your insurance adjuster holds you at home, and your voicemail is a song with an unacceptable lyric. While your lawyer may fight not to play the recording of your voicemail message in court because of lack of relevance or whatnot, there may come the point where the judge would rule that the voicemail be played in open court. 

Can you imagine what would happen to the demeanor of the jury or the judge if an off-color and explicit content song is played for your voicemail? It will hurt your case.

What is our advice?

While the case is pending in court or after the crash, you should try to live clean and make sure that you always have anything in mind, which is to get what you are entitled to because of the crash.

Never renew a license without your lawyer’s advice

We have handled many cases where our clients lose their patience because of straightforward permit renewal. If you have a disability because of an injury and want your insurance provider to pay up, the damage must be present and permanent. At the very least, it must be existing at the time of the court proceedings. 

What is our advice?

Suppose you claim that you have serious injuries, and your injuries prevent you from driving a commercial vehicle or even a hunting license. In that case, you should not renew your licenses for these activities in the meantime. Even if the injury does exist and even if there is no use for the permit, the defense lawyers of the insurance company can always claim that the act of renewing the license is proof itself that the injury you sustained did not affect your daily life. 

Before renewing your license, ask your lawyer if it is appropriate or if you should take your time to wait.

There are a lot of other common mistakes that you should avoid when involved in a car crash. You will find the series on our website.

Let Haque Legal Help You With Your Collision Problem

Now that you know some facts about your rights in case of a car crash in Michigan it is time to get down to it. If you require a personal injury lawyer in Southfield who can assist you with ensuring that you protect your rights to your property, it is important to know that you also have a team that can help you out with your specific needs. 

Our law firm is dedicated to making sure that the law will protect those who are innocent and the full extent of justice will be used.

Disclaimer:

The article that you have read is based on general applications of the law. It is not legal advice, and it is not to be construed as any legal consultation with the firm. No client-attorney relationship is created when you read the articles we have provided.

Let us help you out.

After a car crash, call our car accident injury attorneys immediately. We have helped thousands of auto accident victims claim millions of insurance benefits with the proper handling of automobile insurance claims from start to end.