Personal Injury Fraud
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What Is Personal Injury Fraud?
Personal injury fraud occurs when a person provides false information regarding a personal injury claim. It can also involve instances where a person files a claim for an injury that never occurred, or when they use false evidence to try and prove an injury. Personal injury fraud can occur in many different contexts and in many different situations. Like other types of fraud, personal injury fraud is illegal and can result in serious legal consequences.
What Are Some Examples of Personal Injury Fraud?
There are many ways that people attempt to engage in personal injury fraud. These may include:
- Filing false insurance claim information
- Filing a frivolous lawsuit (i.e., for a claim that will more than likely fail in court)
- Fraud when applying for health care
- Hiring a doctor to provide false testimony about an injury
- Applying for disability or worker’s compensation using fake injury information
- Exaggerating the extent of a legitimate injury
- Using a previous injury as the basis of a new injury claim
- Filing for excessive amounts of damages
Thus, personal injury fraud can often involve other legal issues, including issues related to insurance, employment info, and other matters. Some common injuries that are faked include whiplash, shoulder/joint injuries, and spinal injuries. This is because these types of injuries are often difficult to detect or measure in terms of seriousness of the injury at the time that the injury was caused.
Are There Legal Consequences to Committing Personal Injury Fraud?
Engaging in personal injury fraud can lead to some serious legal consequences. Like other types of fraud charges, this can result in criminal misdemeanor consequences such as criminal fines and jail time. If the fraud involves deception of a court official or judge, a contempt order may also result. Since personal injury often occurs in a number of contexts, injury fraud can also have other negative consequences, such as the loss of a job, loss of employment benefits, and/or loss of insurance coverage.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Assistance with Personal Injury Fraud Issues?
Personal injury fraud can often involve a number of different legal issues, and can result in some very complex lawsuits. You may need to hire a lawyer if you need help with any personal injury fraud matters. Your attorney can help research the relevant laws and can inform you of how the laws in your area might affect your case.
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Last Modified: 05-28-2014 04:59 PM PDT
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