Dishonesty: A Common Mistake That Will Ruin a Georgia Injury Claim
When you get down to it, honesty really is the best policy. This is especially true when it comes to your injury case.
One of the surefire ways to ruin your Atlanta car wreck case is by being dishonest. If you are not truthful about your medical history, the facts of the accident, your treatment plan, or your criminal history, you have a very good chance of hurting your injury case.
There have been times during depositions when clients have lied about their criminal history, which completely destroys all credibility. Let's face it; many people have a checkered past. If you are honest about it, your lawyer can deal with it appropriately. Most of the time, events from one’s past are not admissible at trial, so ultimately, no one but your lawyer is going to hear about it. But, you must tell the truth so that your attorney can take the appropriate steps to minimize disclosure or keep the information out entirely if that seems the best course of action.
Inaccurate or missing information on standardized medical history forms, of the type that you customarily fill out in your doctor’s office, poses another huge problem for your case and your attorney. Those forms must be filled out accurately. Don’t just breeze through them. When clients do not disclose their full medical history to the doctor they are seeing, it hurts their case. We see this type of thing all of the time. You may be in a hurry and it may be unintentional, but missing or inaccurate information will kill your case.
For instance, if prior to this event you had a back problem, then disclose it on the medical forms. If you disclose it, your lawyer can deal with it. If you don’t disclose it, even though you might have fully recovered prior to the wreck and it has no bearing on your current injuries, the insurance company will make it look like you are lying and trying to hide something. Don't give them that chance. Be 100 percent honest.