Kentucky accident victims should never hide the fact that they have prior injuries! They should not fail to disclose any fact for that matter. Their personal injury attorney should know everything there is to know about them, even more than their own mother. Dishonesty can destroy a case in a number of ways. When your attorney and doctor know what’s going on, what your history is, they can react to it. A plan that’s best for your car accident case can be developed. If you hide an old injury from your doctor or attorney, it creates a lot of problems in the handling of your accident case and the outcome of the case.
One of the most common things accident victims do is fail to tell their attorney and their doctor about a prior accident that they were in. Along the same line is not telling them about being treated for a similar injury even if it was not from an accident. At the very least this hurts your case. First, because the doctor doesn’t know about the prior treatment, he’s not going be able to treat you properly. The tests needed to properly evaluate your injury will not be ordered. Prior medical records will not be reviewed.
Also, should your accident case go to court and the insurance defense attorney asks your doctor the question, “Did you know about the accident that happened in 2002?”, and he says “No, my patient never told me about that”, it makes the doctor look like he wasn’t thorough. And even worse it makes it makes it look like you were being dishonest. That you are a liar. The theory would be if you were dishonest about that, are you dishonest about something else that’s going in the case.
The insurance company will eventually have access to all of your medical records. They are going to discover if you have previously complained about neck pain or were in an auto accident 10 years ago. If a Kentucky accident victim tells their doctor and attorney this information at the beginning of the case it will have very little affect on the outcome of your case. On the other hand, if the insurance company finds it on their own it can significantly lower the amount you will receive in compensation. Honesty is the best policy!