Q. “Why should I tell them I had an accident before — and it’s not their business to know, if I’m truly hurt in the new accident, right?” A. “Wrong,” explains Ft. Lauderdale personal injury lawyer John M. Castellano, “and here’s why:”

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“I know you think it’s none of their (the insurance company’s) business to know of your earlier accident and earlier, historical injuries, since you were legitimately injured yet again in this new car accident, for example; BUT if you lie or omit the truth under oath when asked about historical accidents and earlier injuries (what the law calls ‘preexisting conditions’) then the adjusters (or a jury if the case is not settled) will NEVER believe you when you say that THIS brand NEW accident caused these NEW injuries.”

“You are entitled to damages if the new accident ‘aggravated your preexisting conditions,’ but only if you’re honest about your history — as they will no doubt pay you very little or nothing, if they think you lied or omitted the whole truth. They won’t know what to then believe, and you may end up not getting any compensation for new legitimate injuries by trying to be cute.” — Florida car accidents lawyer John Castellano


About the Author:

John M. Castellano is a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney who has helped thousands of clients throughout Florida. While building a reputation as a premiere Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney, Mr. Castellano has worked tirelessly to develop strategies to best protect the rights of those arrested for DUI in Broward, Dade and West Palm. However, Mr. Castellano is not just a drunk driving lawyer. He has been a successful domestic violence attorney, drug trafficking attorney, as well as all other Felony and Misdemeanor cases.

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