As a practicing personal injury lawyer, who has been doing this for decades, I get to see and hear a lot of different things as it relates to accident cases. There is one thing that you can do that can ruin your accident case and completely destroy your credibility.
Generally, you might first do this with the personal injury lawyer that you hire, who will then do the same thing to the insurance adjuster representing the person that caused your accident and then the trouble will start. The one thing you can do is to lie.
In this day and age, people have access to vast amounts of information. This is especially true of insurance companies who investigate the facts surrounding the accident, the medical care and treatment claimed by the injured party, the amount of medical bills allegedly incurred by the injured party, the employment situation and lost wage claim of the person injured, whether or not the injured party has been involved in prior accidents or has pre-existing injuries and a host of other issues. If you hire a personal injury lawyer and lie about the facts of the accident, whether or not you have been involved in prior accidents, whether or not you have pre-existing injuries to the same body parts which you claim were affected in the current accident, if you claim injuries that are unrelated to this accident, or if you knowingly tell your attorney something that you know not to be true ,then chances are that the insurance adjuster will discover this.
Once the insurance adjuster determines that you have lied about some aspect of your case then your credibility is greatly called into question and the value of your case could plummet. This could also affect your working relationship with your Connecticut personal injury lawyer or it could affect how believable you are in explaining your pain related injuries and complaints to your doctor because you have already established the fact that you have lied about certain other information. If you think you are going to improve the value of your case or make things better for yourself by lying to your personal injury lawyer then you are making a very big mistake. There is a big difference between forgetting something and making something up.
When you first meet with your personal injury lawyer you should tell that individual the good, the bad and the ugly as it relates to your case, your history and your prior injuries and damages. This is the time your lawyer can do the most to try and present your case in the best light.
It becomes very difficult for your lawyer to do this after you have lied to your lawyer who then gives this false information to the insurance adjuster.
Your personal injury lawyer might also be able to do certain things to help rehabilitate your case or to hire experts to bolster your case to make it more valuable in the way in which it is presented to the insurance adjuster.
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in some type of an accident then you should contact an experienced Connecticut personal injury lawyer at the earliest possible moment. Do not speak with the insurance adjuster of the party that caused your accident because you could unknowingly do something that could seriously harm your case. Our Connecticut personal injury lawyers handle these cases on a contingency fee basis and advance the costs to develop your case. You will not owe us any money unless and until we collect money damages for you. If there is no recovery then you will owe us no legal fees and no costs. We will even provide you with free books, which we have written, that will explain the process, tell you what to do and what not to do, and we will even provide you with a workbook where you can keep track of all of your accident related information.