Hurt in a Kansas City automobile accident?  Our Kansas City personal injury lawyer has listed five things that many accident victims do that may harm your Missouri accident claim.

1. The injured person sees a doctor that his lawyer recommended.
If you are injured in a Kansas City automobile accident, it is important that you see a doctor right away.  The doctor will screen you for hidden injuries and document what he finds.
When you see a doctor only after seeing an attorney, insurance agents and judges become suspicious. 
2. The injured person hides past accidents from his attorney.
The insurance agency has access to a database that will tell them if you have been in any prior accidents.  It is important that you are honest about previous accidents with Kansas City personal injury lawyer and with the insurance agent. If you have been in previous accidents, your lawyer can determine if those accidents will affect your current case and can work with that knowledge. If you do not tell your lawyer or misrepresent yourself to the insurance company, you are likely to lose your claim.
3. The injured person does not tell his attorney and physician about any existing injuries or physical conditions.
The insurance company can also access your prior medical records.  It is important that you be upfront about prior medical conditions.  If an accident aggravates a medical condition, you may be able to get insurance compensation for the additional injury, but not if you don't tell your lawyer.  To learn more, read our article, "Ask A MO Auto Accident Lawyer: Do I have rights if my pre-existing condition was aggravated by a car accident injury?"
4.  The injured person files erroneous tax returns or neglects to file a tax return.
If you have lost income because of a Missouri traffic accident, you may be able to claim damages for that loss.  However, to claim compensation for lost wages, you must have accurate tax returns. If you know of any problems with your tax returns, let your attorney know so he can work with that information.
5. The injured person exaggerates the impact of the injury.
If you claim to be seriously injured, insurance companies will look for evidence that you are not as injured as you claim.  They will check your Facebook page and other social networks and they may hire an investigator. They hope to catch you involved in an activity that will prove your claim false.  For example, if you are claiming a back injury has impacted your ability to work and you post a picture of yourself hiking on Facebook, you have just ruined your claim.

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.