Common Mistakes That Can Cost You in a Personal Injury Case

Common Mistakes That Can Cost You in a Personal Injury Case

Williamson, Clune & Stevens is an experienced, community-focused law firm in Ithaca, New York, with a long history of helping people just like you who suffer personal injuries. Since 1978, we’ve served clients across New York State, and we’ve learned a thing or two about handling personal injury cases successfully. While we promise to do our best to pursue your case with vigorous and professional attention, you, the client, can actually make or break the case, in spite of everything we can do.

In our years of practicing law, we’ve seen these common mistakes that can cost you in a personal injury case. We want to stress the importance of avoiding these things and listening to the advice of your attorney. It can mean the difference between winning substantial compensation for your personal injury or losing your case and condemning your family to a time of unnecessary struggle and hardship.

Here are the most common mistakes that can cost you in a personal injury case.


Williamson, Clune & Stevens, a personal injury law firm in Ithaca, must know all the facts about your case in order to adequately pursue your personal injury claim. Not divulging all pertinent information about your personal injury and related matters is a serious mistake. Personal injury accidents are investigated by law enforcement and by the defendant’s attorneys. Both parties have resources at their disposal to help them get to the truth. Anything you deliberately hide will be discovered; and your dishonesty can have your case dismissed without a chance for a fair hearing.

Disregarding Instructions from Your Physician

The physician(s) charged with your care have your best interests in mind when they issue instructions for ongoing treatment or aftercare.personal injury lawyers in Ithaca, Aubern New York, Syracuse, Binghamton, Elmira, Cortland Once initial treatments are completed, there are almost always things you must do to aid in the healing process; moreover, there are almost always things you must avoid that can hinder the healing process. Disregarding these instructions and raising the risk of worsening your injury is considered negligent activity and can have your case dismissed before a fair hearing. Trust us when we say that you are being scrutinized by the defendant’s attorney, family and others who would desire to wreck your personal injury case.

Misleading Activities

Engaging in any misleading activities to try and strengthen your case is dishonest and immediate grounds for dismissing your personal injury claim. Such things as wearing a brace or using a medical device that is not prescribed by your physician in an attempt to mislead the court or others is simply wrong. Williamson, Clune & Stevens will not and does not condone such activity and will never recommend such a course of action. In fact, such activities may also be cause to sever our attorney-client relationship.

Disregarding Advice/Instructions from Your Attorney

When Williamson, Clune & Stevens agrees to take on a personal injury claim, we do so because we believe we can help you. We have many years of experience and numerous relationships with court officers and others across New York. We agree to leverage those resources on your behalf for your benefit. This will always include advice and/or instructions for you as our client that will guide you in the pursuit of your personal injury claim. Disregarding our advice or instructions can put you at risk of compromising your case, or at least making our task much harder.

Williamson, Clune & Stevens, personal injury attorneys in Ithaca, have your best interests in mind at all times. We will never recommend a dishonest, harmful or unethical course of action. You can trust our experience and concern for your welfare. Plus, we will always explain the reasoning behind our counsel and instructions to help you win your case.

If you or a loved one have been in an accident and suffered a personal injury, we can help. Contact us today for a free consultation about your potential personal injury claim.