Be wary of inconsistent behavior after an automobile accident. I recently had a client who claimed to be very injured from an auto accident but was subsequently seen dancing at a party about a week after the accident! Not a good idea! She certainly didn’t look hurt to anyone attending the party.
If there were any witnesses or others who saw you doing the inconsistent behavior, they can potentially testify against you. You don’t want your inconsistent activity showing up on the social media websites either! I always encourage my clients to be truthful.
Inconsistent behavior such as dancing at a party a few days after an accident that allegedly provided great injury to you is not going to help your case. Also, some insurance companies are very aggressive and hire investigators to film you going to the supermarket, going to the gym, hanging out with your friends and going to a party, playing with your children in the park, and many other activities that may prove to be inconsistent with your allegation of injury. If they want to get very zealous about it, they can bring an action against you for insurance fraud if they can prove you were faking your allegations. Again, candor is the best policy.
by Robert Mansour
Robert Mansour is a personal injury lawyer serving Santa Clarita, Valencia, Saugus, Canyon Country, Newhall, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic and surrounding communities.