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Why it is Important to Be Honest During an Injury Claim


Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Feb 17, 2022 in Car Accidents

"be honest" post-t note Being honest during a personal injury case is important for a variety of reasons. Honesty can help protect the value of your claim as well as your credibility as an injury victim.

If you were injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligent actions, you should strongly consider speaking to one of our experienced South Bend-area car accident attorneys to see what legal options may be available to you.

We offer a free and confidential consultation to discuss your claim, so you can feel comfortable telling us everything that happened before, during and after the crash.

Why You Should Be Honest with Your Attorney

Your attorney is the one helping you build a strong case for compensation. Therefore, he or she should know everything about what happened during the crash, the seriousness of your injuries and whether you have anything in your background that could help the insurance company deny or devalue your claim.

While you may be hesitant to tell your attorney about things like prior accidents or preexisting conditions for fear of losing your case, you should know that your interests are our priority. We do not get paid unless you do. Our attorneys have vast experience handling injury claims, including when the injury victim has something in his or her background that may affect the outcome of a claim.

If you do not disclose something as important as a preexisting condition to your attorney before the insurance company digs it up, you may risk your claim being denied. However, if your attorney is aware of this beforehand, he or she may be better prepared to argue the condition was made worse or had nothing to do with your injuries.

Our priority is to help you recover maximum compensation by filing a lawsuit or settling the claim

Why You Need to Be Honest with Your Doctor

You should also be honest and upfront with your doctor about your pain level and whether the treatment you are receiving is helping you.

Honesty with your doctor may help expedite your recovery, as he or she may be able to get a better understanding of how much pain you are in and determine the type of treatment you should receive.

When you tell your doctor the truth about certain treatments not working, he or she may be able to change your treatment or recommend other options that may work better.

Protecting the Value of Your Claim While Being Honest with the Insurance Company

It is also important to be honest with the insurance company about the crash. However, while being honest you also need to be fully aware of how insurance companies go out of their way to deny compensation.

Honesty with the insurance company matters because they note everything you say, and if one statement contradicts something you said earlier or something you say later, they will try to use that to deny your claim.

To help protect the value of your claim while being honest with the insurance company, you should always discuss your claim with your attorney first. This can help prepare you for the conversation with the insurer so you do not say something they may try to use against you later. You can also have your lawyer deal with the insurance company on your behalf.

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If you were injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you need an attorney you can trust to put your interests first.

At Pfeifer, Morgan & Stesiak, our experienced attorneys have decades of experience helping injury victims like you recover maximum compensation.

We do not charge you anything up front and there are no fees unless we win.

Call (844) 678-1800 to schedule a free consultation.