Lying About Your Injuries? Florida Accident Attorney Says Please Seek Assistance Somewhere Else
Insurance companies would have the public believe that every personal injury law firm has a file drawer full of clients who are faking their injuries or staging accidents in order to become injured.
Not only are insurance companies mistaken, but I can assure you that nobody dislikes fakers and frauds more than professional, well-established personal injury attorneys and their legitimately injured clients.
This was driven home for me by a piece I recently saw on the ClickOrlando.com website. The article was about a supposedly injured U.S. Postal Service worker who was recently found guilty of defrauding the federal Workers’ Compensation program by faking an injury. The postal worker had insisted that she could not stand, sit, kneel, squat, climb, bend, reach or grasp. Meanwhile, she was seen zip-lining on a cruise vacation, as well as appearing on television on the Price Is Right game show and spinning the “Big Wheel” there.
I have absolutely no sympathy for somebody like the postal worker described in this story. Not only is a person like this clearly committing a crime, but she is also ruining the justice system for other people at the same time. When members of the public (i.e. potential jurors) hear stories about people committing these kinds of crimes, it understandably raises their level of skepticism about every person claiming an injury. This kind of heightened — sometime almost unreasonable — skepticism makes my job as a Florida accident attorney more difficult, and it makes it more difficult for truly injured people to achieve a fair result in the legal system.
This is why nobody dislikes fakes and frauds more than we (and our clients) do.
If you have a real injury from an accident that actually happened, and you have questions about your claim or legal rights, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901.