Falsely Accused of Slip and Fall Fraud?
Say you’re shopping at the grocery store and happen to slip and fall on the just-waxed floor, incurring serious injuries. This is a common scenario and is in fact, the most common type of insurance claim people make. So common that many insurance companies are skeptical whether a claim is true. This has caused insurance companies to do anything to prove your deceit. That’s the last thing you need when you’re just trying to recover from your adverse situation. They will put up a good fight, but in the end, it’s not your fault and you deserve compensation for your injuries.
Accused of Slip and Fall Insurance Fraud
The reason for your misfortunate fight to prove yourself is that slip and fall insurance fraud is more common than you would think. Many people find that pretending to have sustained severe injuries and lying to the insurance companies is an easy way to make bank. In fact, insurance fraud is a huge problem totaling in $80 billion worth of payouts in the U.S. each year. This ends up costing each New Jersey family $1,300 per year.
The motivation for slip and fall fraud ranges from making an easy buck to desperately paying off debt or trying to receive payment for a preexisting injury’s treatment. Nonetheless, these attempts to deceive hurt those who have legitimate claims where it may take much, much more to prove an accident was the property owner’s fault. As a result, it is very important to gather all evidence to support your legitimate slip and fall accident these days.
What to Do
If you receive a notice that your claim is under investigation for insurance fraud, it is best to get in touch with a lawyer if you haven’t already. Luckily, Anthony Carbone is the New Jersey criminal defense lawyer you need. With almost 30 years of experience serving the people of Jersey City, Newark, and people all over the state, he can help set the record straight.
To prove your claim is legitimate, you will need to show that not only the accident occurred, but it caused a major injury. This is where your evidence will come into play. Get witness statements, take photos of the accident scene, and get the police report if you can. And most importantly, see a doctor immediately. The medical records will go far in proving your claim.
As with any personal injury claim, the most difficult aspect to prove is that the hazard was known by the owner or employee prior to your accident. Therefore, it’s important to look at maintenance documents to take note of the danger that was observed and not addressed. Fortunately, Anthony Carbone knows exactly how to approach the situation and can prove your case.
On the flip side, if you or anyone you know is thinking of filing for a fraudulent slip and fall claim, it’s best to think again. As mentioned before, these types of incidents are being looked at with a fine-tooth comb as there is more and more deception taking place. Getting caught can result in committing a third or fourth-degree crime with prison sentencing and fines amounting to thousands of dollars. Not to mention that the increase of technologically enhanced security is now the standard, making fraud easily detectable.
If you or someone you know has suffered from a slip and fall injury that is wrongfully under investigation for insurance fraud, give the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone a call. Unfortunately, there have been many false claims in the past which have now led to your scrutiny. New Jersey’s top attorney can protect your rights in a tough situation like this to get you the compensation you deserve.