One of the most common issues in a personal injury claim is when the plaintiff fakes an injury to collect compensation. Faking an injury is wrong and unethical. If you file a personal injury claim for “pain, suffering and disability” originating from a car accident and it's not true, there could be some serious consequences.
Accident with fake injuries
This was the case in a lawsuit filed by a Utah boy scout leader who reported heavy “life changing” injuries. The scout leader was then seen in a video, uploaded to the Internet, where he strongly pushed a heavy rock formation. To the other party, the "boulder roll" video was considered potential lawsuit-winning evidence. Faking injuries or reporting false information is not a good idea. Being truthful with your personal injury attorney is always the best move.
How do you protect yourself from people who fake injuries or report false information?
Be aware and always write down information if you can after an accident. Take pictures and try to gather as much evidence as possible. Not all injuries can be faked, especially those which have apparent effects such as cuts. However, when the injuries are internal, like neck and back injuries, you need to take measures that will ensure that these injuries are real. Here are some ways to protect yourself from fraud or false information:
- Review the history of the claimant. Check out if there were previous instances where they had been in an accident and attempted to collect compensation by providing false information.
- Include eyewitnesses to support your argument and obtain copies of important legal documents, such as police reports and medical records.
- Get a Kentucky personal injury attorney. It is best to consult with an attorney who can assist you with all the technicalities and legal procedures.
People who file personal injury claims may really have suffered from severe pain, lost wages and disability. However, you should still be aware of scams. There are people who lie about their injuries. When they succeed, they can receive compensation that they don’t actually deserve. It's a good idea to seek legal assistance and see what your rights are for your case.