Some common Social Media mistakes made after an injury accident, include:
1.) Venting on Social Media - posting angry comments about the other party or insurance company should be avoided at all times. Although injury claims can sometimes be long and frustrating it is always important to stay respectful of the other party and insurance company.
2.) Posting Pictures - while it is tempting to post pictures of your accident, injury, or injury scene this should also be avoided. Think twice about posting pictures of your daily life on social media after your injury accident and throughout your injury claim, especially if you have experienced a significant or catastrophic injury.
3.) Accident/Health Updates - as exciting as it is to start feeling better after an injury, posting health updates online and on social media should be avoided. Although you may be feeling better, its best to leave medical determinations up to your Doctor and other medical professionals.
Instead of posting on social media you should use your cell phone to:
1.) Take Photos of the Accident Scene (if possible)
2. Write Notes about what happened & how you are feeling
3.) Focus on finding & getting medical treatment
Your cell phone (and social media) can assist you in several ways:
Photos of Accident Scene & Injuries: Your cell phone's camera can be a big help in getting photos of the accident scene & injuries sustained. Your cell phone can help you in taking, storing, and sending photos of your injury accident. Taking and keeping photos of your injury accident and scene can be very helpful in navigating your injury claim. If possible, take as many pictures as you (or a loved one) can of the injury accident scene.
Writing Notes: Writing notes about your experience after your injury accident is a good idea. Your injury claim will typically be a long process and you may forget important details. Things such as your emotional reaction to your injury accident, the impact your injury has on your daily life, etc. are important to note throughout your injury claim.
Writing notes about treatments you have received and what doctors you have seen is also helpful. Be sure to keep notes about how your injury accident has impacted your day to day life and relationships with family & friends. Having more information is always most helpful.
Most cell phones have useful, built in notes apps that can be used to keep up with this information.
Finding & Getting Medical Treatment: After an injury accident you should focus on getting medical treatment for your injuries. Receiving medical treatment for your injuries is important to your long term health and well being. No matter what you believe to be the level of severity of your injury, you should always seek professional guidance after your injury accident.
One tip is to use your cell phone to search online for doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, neurologists or other specialists that could assist in your treatment. Your cellphone and social media sites can be useful in finding health professionals & helping you remember to attend medical treatment sessions.
Keeping track of your medical treatment dates and attorney appointments: Your cell phone is a great tool to help keep up with important medical treatment dates, meeting times with your lawyer, and other important dates.
Using your cell phone to search online for doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, neurologists or other specialists that could assist in your treatment can be very helpful.
Cell phone apps such as Google Calendar, Sunrise Calendar, and Pocketlife Calendar, can help keep you up to date with medical treatment and attorney appointments, helping be sure you do not forget them.
Remember to avoid the common social media mistakes made after an injury accident throughout your potential injury claim.
Dealing with a personal injury can be a complex, stressful time. We are also always happy to answer any questions you may have. Free free to call us anytime.
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What is an insurance adjuster?
An insurance adjuster (sometimes called a claims adjuster) is a person who works for an insurance company and whose job is to decide how much money the insurance company will pay people when they are injured or when their property is damaged, lost, or stolen. (Source)
What does an insurance adjuster do?
An insurance adjuster's job is to try and determine how much an insurance company should compensate an individual for his/her personal injuries or property damages. An insurance adjuster's role is to help the insurance company pay the lowest amount possible for a property or injury claim. Adjusters may handle "property claims" involving damage to buildings & structures, or "liability claims" involving personal injuries of third-party property damage from liability situations, such as car wrecks or slip & falls. (Source)
Throughout the Claims Process Insurance Adjusters will typically:
-Verify if an insurance policy exists for the insured person.
-Investigate risk(s) of loss(es), or damages to property, including the loss of property and or bodily injury.
-After completing the above investigations, the adjuster will evaluate the covered injuries and/or damages.
-Negotiate a settlement for a claim(s) [insurance adjusters try to settle claims as quickly and inexpensively as possible] (Source)
An insurance adjuster will most likely contact you shortly after you have been involved in an accident. The insurance adjuster will generally ask you to make a statement about your accident and what happened. He or she may even ask if you would make a written or recorded statement.
It is best to avoid making statements to an insurance adjuster until you speak with your lawyer.
Dealing with injuries and insurance claims can be complex and stressful. If you have been injured and have questions call Wil today.
**The information on this blog is not intended as legal advice. You should always consult a lawyer if you have questions about your potential legal claim**
In today’s world it is second nature to post your life events on social media. From Facebook & Instagram to Twitter & Snapchat it seems we now post daily and even hourly, updating those we are connected with about our lives.
Even I have fallen accustomed to this phenomenon (look where I am posting this content) and our firm’s use of social media.
We always seem to post those times where our lives are most affected, for better or worse. That birthday party for you or your loved one, weddings, graduations, to those tough times in life – diagnosis of diseases, family and friends being ill or passing away...these times are almost always shared on social media.
Injury accidents, especially car accidents can be a time of great emotion – fear, anxiousness, and sometimes relief. It’s normal to want to update your friends, family, and relatives letting them know what happened and what's going on. However, posting any information (pictures, comments, videos, etc.) on social media about your injury accident should be avoided after your accident and throughout your claim process.
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The Law Office of William H. Alexander, LLC was highlighted in this week's People-Sentinel Business section.
A Barnwell native has returned home to open a personal injury law office and help his community. Wil Alexander recently established the Law Office of William H. Alexander, LLC in downtown Barnwell after completing law school and a one-year stint as a law clerk in Chester.
Helping people has always been important to Wil. "This is a special career where you can help people every day. I want to make a positive impact on people individually and the community as a whole," he said.
"We want to be here for the people of our community,"said Garnette Alexander, who is the office manager for her son’s law office.
Wil said he wants people to be comfortable and feel at home when they come to the office.
In addition to helping clients through his law office, Wil wants to be as involved as he can in the community. He helps with the boys’ varsity basketball team at Barnwell High, which is a "huge passion" for Wil as he played basketball growing up. He also is an ambassador for the Barnwell County Chamber of Commerce and was recently inducted as a member of the Rotary Club of Barnwell County. Wil has also visited students at Barnwell Primary School to discuss judges and attorneys and donated school supplies to local students.
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I wanted to take time to write a personal note to simply say "Thank You" to all teachers, administrators, faculty, and staff at schools throughout South Carolina and the entire Country.
It was a pleasure being invited to join the Barnwell School District 45 District Advisory Teams to meet and discuss strategic planning for District 45 schools yesterday morning. I was very encouraged by the meeting and thankful for dedicated individuals striving to make our schools the best they can be.
Education is fundamental to our current and future generations, helping provide foundations that cannot be broken. I, myself, am a proud graduate of Barnwell High School (Go Warhorses!) and appreciate the path education has paved for my life.
Public education service runs deep in my family, with my grandfather Reed Swann being principal of Barnwell High School in the 70s and 80s and my late grandmother Hunter teaching her entire career. Many other members of my family have been public educators throughout South Carolina, including my uncle and my mother (who now works with me).
It's amazing to see what all is involved in providing a community an education system. Sometimes, before seeing things yourself, it's tough to realize what actually goes into making something a success. Seeing the many roles, responsibilities, and dedication needed to strive for a successful School District was eye opening. It left me with the feeling of wanting to simply say, thank you.
To all who have been called to educate, thank you. To those who work behind the scenes, thank you. To those who lead, serve, and inspire,thank you. To those who mentor, volunteer, and coach...thank you!
Keep up your great work!
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