The Insurance Company Will Look Out for Plaintiff Fraud

When you file a personal injury claim with the insurance company, you may believe your claim is entirely valid and above-board, but there is still a possibility the case will be internally reviewed and sent to the Special Investigation Unit. AFirstCoastpersonal injury attorney can help you avoid this. There are some red flags that will make an insurer look closely at your case and possibly refer the personal injury claim to fraud investigation. If your version of how the accident happened has inconsistencies, or if you alter your story of what happened after learning of misrepresentation or fabrication by another person, the adjuster may begin to wonder if your claim lacks genuineness or authenticity. Adjusters get curious if there were no witnesses to the accident or if the witness accounts conflict with your version or with other witness accounts. They also get curious if a claimant fails to report the injury in a timely manner. If there is a long gap between the date of the accident and the date of your first medical treatment, you can expect the adjuster to be skeptical about your claim. It also looks suspicious if you have a signed letter of representation from your lawyer dated the same day as or shortly after the accident; it looks opportunistic and as if you were looking for an opportunity to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you have further questions about how to file a personal injury claim, contact First Coast personal injury attorney John Fagan for a free initial consultation.

About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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