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Lawyers oversee legal matters on behalf of their clients. When looking for one, you need to know the legal services you need. In the case of a car accident claim, a lawyer will oversee all communications and negotiations between you and the insurance company. The lawyer will also help you file court-mandated documents within the statute of limitations (time limits) for filing those documents. 
An insurance claim is a request for benefits or compensation for damages that result from a motor vehicle accident. The claim is typically made with the insurance company representing the driver who is at fault.  Both drivers will need to report the accident to their insurance companies, however, in accordance to the requirements of their individual policies. Many car insurance claims are made each day around the nation, and the process has become relatively standardized. That doesn’t mean the insurance company won’t push back if they believe they shouldn’t recognize their liability, but the process will be similar to most other accidents of the same type.
Chicago car accident attorneys are likely going to attempt to reach a settlement with the insurance company before going to court. The majority of car accident lawsuits are settled out of court. However, if the insurance company refuses to offer a reasonable settlement, or if they have decided to argue fault for the accident, you could find yourself going to court.  
If you were injured in a trucking accident in Chicago, Berwyn, Oak Lawn, Cicero, or a nearby community, call the injury attorneys at Lloyd Miller Law for a free consultation.

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Your TikTok Could Wreck Your Accident Claim

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Like other social media platforms, the way people use TikTok after a crash can have a significant impact on their ability to recover compensation for accident injuries.

How TikTok Could Affect Car Accident Claims

In recent years, TikTok has grown into one of the most popular social media sites. This platform is video-oriented, as users often develop and share viral videos that are short and entertaining. Oftentimes, the public can easily access users’ profiles. Insurers and accident investigators often access these types of videos to attempt to disprove claims.

Following an injury, victims may attempt to live life as normally as possible, regardless of the pain experienced. In the process, they may engage in activities that make them appear as though they’re perfectly fine, all while still injured and suffering. However, evidence showing injury victims engaging in this behavior could give adjusters and others the impression that they’re not injured, or that their injuries are much less serious than claimed. In any case, this evidence could hurt a claim or even lead to its denial.

The Importance of Carefully Maintaining or Minimizing a Social Media Presence

It’s often in people’s best interests to avoid using social media at all while an accident claim is under investigation. Many users might still feel compelled to use their favorite platforms, including TikTok.

If an individual plans on using TikTok after an injury, it’s important to avoid posting any videos that may lead investigators, insurers, or other parties to question the validity of an injury claim. 

For example, if an accident victim sustains leg injuries, videos showing the victim dancing and seemingly devoid of leg pain could seriously hurt his or her claim. Even if a profile is seemingly private, investigators and others may be able to get around this and view the profile’s videos. 

While it’s important to avoid posting anything incriminating, it’s equally important to avoid deleting any posts during an investigation. If an individual deletes videos, investigators may perceive this as an attempt to destroy evidence, which can lead to the denial of a case or reduced compensation.

Following any type of accident, it’s ideal to avoid using social media as much as possible until investigations are completed. If accident victims want to continue using TikTok, it’s important to avoid posting potentially damaging videos.

About the Author

Kurt D. Lloyd is a plaintiff’s trial lawyer who focuses on medical malpractice and other catastrophic injury cases. He lives in Chicago and represents injured clients throughout Illinois. He is also the founder of Lloyd Law Group, Ltd.

Chicago accident lawyer Kurt D. Lloyd