Exaggerating the severity of any injures you suffered as the result of being involved in an accident that was not your fault when taking personal injury action is not a good idea. In most personal injury compensation claims, the party accused of negligence will typically offer some form of settlement if they accept liability and believe that you have suffered the level of injury you claim to have.
However, If the party accused of negligence feels as though they weren’t responsible for the accident that led to you being injured, your case will end up in court. If you do go to court and are found to have exaggerated the severity of your injuries, a tribunal would most likely look very dimly on you indeed. But (in some circumstances), it might not be the end of the road compensation-wise.
Exaggerated claims and Eastleigh claims accident solicitors
In some cases, a Eastleigh claims accident court might award damages for the true injuries you suffered if it could be proved that you only exaggerated your condition while under severe psychological stress. In cases such as these, you might have money taken off your pay-out to cover the expense of court time spent on discussing injuries you did not actually suffer, but may not have your whole award cut.
There would have to be extenuating circumstances for this state of affairs to play out, but it is not beyond the realms of possibility. However, it might be more likely that you would have all your compensation withheld if a tribunal came to the opinion that you maliciously sought to take advantage of an accident you were involved in with the intention of ‘milking’ as much compensation out of the incident as possible.
It’s really not worth taking the chance. It may be a cliché, but honesty will always be the best policy. Exaggerating your injuries in an attempt to boost the amount of compensation you are paid could actually see you walking away with nothing.
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If you have a genuine personal injury claim for compensation, and would like to retain a top-flight 100% no win no fee accident solicitor, pick up the phone and call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 from any landline. If you prefer to use your mobile phone, either call 0333 500 0993 or text ‘claim365’ to 88010 and we will call you.
Date Published: 16th June 2014
Author: David Brown