Common Mistakes to Avoid After Filing a Personal Injury Claim

If you have been involved in an accident that led to an injury and ultimately any physical, mental, or financial burden, you are taking the best next step by filing a personal injury claim. However, there are common mistakes that you might make that may be detrimental to your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve. Learn what these mistakes are and how one of the skillful Santa Clara personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady can help you avoid them.

How can posting on social media affect a personal injury claim?

Overall, certain topics about your accident should remain confidential between you and your attorney, so posting about them gives the defense attorney and the other party access to important information that will affect your personal injury claim in a negative way. For example, if you post the details of your accident on social media, you may accidentally admit fault even if you were not to blame. Also, if you reassure your friends and family that you are doing well in your post, you admit to the other side that you are emotionally unaffected by the accident. And if you post a photo or video that insinuates that you are physically unaffected by the accident, a defense attorney may use that to try to prove that you are exaggerating your injury.

The following are some tips to help avoid social media mistakes during your personal injury case:

  • Set your accounts to private.
  • Avoid posting anything.
  • Avoid accepting new followers.
  • Ask your friends and family not to post about you.

How can untimely and inconsistent medical attention affect a personal injury claim?

Often, pain from injuries to the back, shoulders, neck, or knees may go away on its own. However, the advantage of receiving timely and consistent medical attention for these injuries is that it shows a clear temporal relationship with your accident and establishes a clear link to your personal injury claim. Failure to do so can provide ammunition for the defense attorney.

Also, once you seek medical attention, it is important to collect all medical documents or bills, as this will satisfy your burden of proof. Pictures and videos of your injuries can also build up your personal injury claim.

If you have any further questions about what mistakes to avoid when filing your personal injury claim, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm.


When someone is wrongly injured in an accident, they often require financial compensation to heal. That’s where we come in. Contact the Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady today to learn more about what our firm can do for you.