Know the Trick Insurance Companies Use

Sep 22, 2017 | Allen A. Ritchie

Clients often ask me why I gather all those medical records about their past medical condition. That is their condition BEFORE the accident. It is to stop one of the insurance companies’ biggest tricks.

Let’s say your leg is causing you a lot of pain after a traffic accident. The insurance company might try to show it was a pre-existing condition and that you are lying about it.

The trick is to have you say you did NOT have a problem with your leg before the accident and they can prove, through the medical records, you did.  This puts your whole testimony into doubt.  If it gets before a jury, there is a good chance that at least one juror will be skeptical and you could lose the entire case.

It is a slimy trick because often people forget about relatively minor injuries.

Let’s say you sprained an ankle years ago. You got medical treatment and it got better.  You could easily forget all about it. You didn’t attempt to lie or deceive anyone but it could appear differently.

I get your medical records so I can remind you and stop the insurance company from playing this nasty little game.

Gathering medical records can often take a lot of time because they are not necessarily in one place. The delay can be irritating. But trust me, it is worth it.

You want a good outcome to your case and if we stop these insurance company tricks your case will be resolved sooner and better.

If you have questions especially about injury law including car wrecks, slip and fall and wrongful death, you can talk with the lawyers at Eiland and Ritchie for free. There is no cost until we collect for you. We want to help you get back on your feet.

Allen Ritchie

Personal Injury Attorney