If you are hurt, you need to see a doctor. Period. All injuries caused by the accident must be proved with evidence. This requires a medical provider documenting your symptoms and recommended treatment. If you delay seeking treatment or help from a medical professional, it suggests that you weren’t hurt and raises a question to the insurance company about whether you were injured at all.
Do not exaggerate your symptoms. One of the most important factors in your case is how you present a witness. Will the jury or arbitrator believe you and what you say? Your story has to be supported by the evidence in your case. Usually that means that your complaints are in line with the opinions of your treatment providers. Otherwise, the jury may decide that you are faking or exaggerating. A jury will be particularly harsh to a plaintiff whom they perceive to be a “whiner” or who seems to be playing them for money.
Be totally honest with your personal injury attorney. Nearly every aspect of your life will be examined once you make a claim for bodily injury. This includes you work history, your medical history, your lifestyle, your background, and your family life. Your accident attorney needs to know everything—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Your personal injury attorney can’t protect you from something unless they know about it. The time to find out about a blemish in your work history or a criminal conviction you had or the fact you didn’t have a motorcycle endorsement is not where you’re being deposed or examined at trial. It is vitally important that you are up front and honest with your accident attorney. Defense attorneys will dig for details during discovery and the information will likely come out at some point. Insurance companies have endless resources to find out everything about you. Your attorney will be able to deal with that skeleton in your closet or other challenge as long as he or she knows about it.
Do not try to hide past accidents. Once you begin a case, the other side will want to know how many accidents you have been in and, if the case is filed, you have an obligation to disclose this information. In most cases, they already know. The insurance industry keeps track of claims in a large database that all companies subscribe to. Giving less than truthful answers or trying to hide your previous accidents only make you appear to be less than credible.
If you are hurt in an auto accident contact an experienced auto accident lawyer in New Port Richey for free consultation today. Remember the insurance company is not on your side.
Williams, Ristoff & Proper, P.L.C.
4532 U.S. Highway 19
New Port Richey, FL 34652