Sustaining an injury after an accident can be a painful experience for all those involved. In an already stressful situation, however, some people try to take advantage of the system by filing fraudulent personal injury claims.
The Fraudulent Factor
A personal injury claim is an attempt for an injured party to receive compensation for their pain. For someone faking an injury, this claim may seem like free money and the opportunity to collect. When determining the legitimacy of a personal injury claim, it is essential to pay attention to a few key things:
1. The Timing Around The Claim
In the case of a fraudulent personal injury claim, the timing is typically the first thing that gives away the all-too-coincidental claim. Usually, this kind of claim happens at a time that is far too convenient, like an individual that was perfectly fine at the scene of the crash but then experiences life-threatening injuries immediately following an accident. While all claims should be taken seriously, if the timing is iffy, the application should be investigated further by injury attorneys.
2. The Individual’s History
It is essential to consider an individual’s history when it comes to filing personal injury claims. People that have repeatedly filed injury claims in their past may be running some scam. With an individual that has a lengthy history of similar complaints, attorneys will likely be able to prove that this particular claim is fraudulent.
In addition to reviewing the individual’s history of filing claims, it is essential to go over a person’s medical history as well. In some cases, people try to use old injuries to file a new personal injury claim.
3. The Details Don’t Add Up
Going over the details surrounding an individual’s injuries claim will help you piece together the truth of the story. Were there no witnesses to the alleged injury? Is the story of how the accident happened the same each time or are there small inconsistencies?
Catching someone in a lie is one guaranteed way to prove that their claim is fraudulent. Be sure that every aspect of their story fits together. Similarly, if you can find any evidence to back up or discount their application, you will be able to make a better case for or against this person.
4. The Individual is Uncooperative
Most people that are genuinely filing a personal injury claim are trying to get back to normal as soon as possible. They are merely in the process of trying to get better so they can get back to their life. In the event of a fraudulent personal injury claim, however, the individual will be uncooperative and even hostile. Someone that fails to return calls and actively avoids trying to help with the case should raise several red flags.
A personal injury is a severe situation for anyone involved. With these four strategies, you can be able to determine if someone has genuinely been injured or is merely trying to get away with fraud.