Mistakes Victims of Accidents Make in North Carolina: Not Being Honest About Your Income and Activity Level
Do not misrepresent your income. In many cases, a claimant will have lost income because of the accident. You may only be able to claim that lost income if your past tax returns are correct. You don’t want to risk claiming a loss of income, only to have your past tax returns not back up your claim. Again, being honest with your attorney is essential, because he or she can deal with the problem if informed about it in advance.
Do not misrepresent your activity level. Insurance companies routinely hire private investigators to conduct videotape surveillance. If you claim that you cannot run, climb, or lift, and you get caught on videotape, you’re going to have problems with your claim. There is no good explanation that can overcome the eye of the camera.
(Part 3 of 4 on Mistakes of Accident Victims in North Carolina)