You deserve the money you need to put your life back together. However, trucking companies, owner-operators and insurers may see your recovery as a threat to their livelihoods.

Whether it is right or wrong, large claims often see significant opposition. It usually is not one single thing that weakens a case, but rather a long string of mistakes that starts from the very moment of the accident. Here are some ways you could potentially protect your own claim from this type of erosion.

1. Record the event

Memories fade. Notes, photographs and videos are a more reliable way to maintain an accurate representation of what happened. The more information you have, the more likely that some of it supports your arguments.

2. Stay quiet socially

You should probably reserve all comments about your injuries and the accident to your attorney or your close family members, if applicable. The defense could potentially twist the simple existence of social media posts or public statements into an argument that your trauma is not severe.

3. Act strategically

The law says you deserve compensation for injuries that others cause. Unfortunately, this is not an automatic process. You need to meet various requirements in terms of proof, and the other parties are working against you. Strategy is often important.

4. Be persistent

It can often seem like you need insurance money immediately after an accident. However, that is rarely the case. Most medical providers are sympathetic to your type of situation, and many might offer alternative payment or deferred payment options.

In general, it takes work, discretion, strategy and dedication to get what you deserve. You would typically protect your case well by acting with those principles in mind.