A man from New Jersey is facing charges of insurance fraud and theft after he faked a slip and fall accident in an effort to collect insurance money. Authorities say that Alexander Goldinsky was caught on video faking his fall at a business in Woodbridge. He worked as an independent contractor and purposely threw ice on the floor, then placed himself on the ground and lay waiting until someone found him.
Goldinsky then filed an insurance claim for treatment that he received at the hospital as well as the ambulance service. He was arrested on January 15 for the fraudulent claims.
The Importance of Honesty
Whether you are the defendant, plaintiff, or witness in a lawsuit, it is important in any legal dispute to be rigorously honest. This is important for three main reasons:
- Very few things stay private: In this day and age in which Facebook, Twitter, and other social media apps are used so frequently, nobody’s life is truly private. As a general rule, attorneys are pretty skilled at uncovering things that you may believe are secrets. This skill has only become easier in this wired, quick-to-share era. That means it is more important than ever to rely on facts only. If you only tell the truth, you will have nothing to worry about as there will not be anything for other people to dig up on you. This will make your case much less stressful, too, if you are not having to worry about some secret or lie being uncovered.
- Juries tend to side with people who are humble and honest: This reason has everything to do with the jury you will be facing if your lawsuit goes to trial. Jurors are humans just like us, and as humans, most of us prefer people who are honest and humble over those who are liars and game players. As a defendant, plaintiff, or witness, the effectiveness of your case can rest largely on your credibility and what you tell people who are involved in your claim. This includes telling your medical providers the truth, too. Health care practitioners rely on your patient history in devising their treatment plans and prescriptions. If you lie to them or mislead them, they cannot accurately diagnose and care for you.
- Being honest will help your attorney: Be honest with your attorney, so that he or she can formulate the best possible tactics and strategy for winning your case. We have to be able to understand all of the basic facts surrounding your injury, accident, or loss. This will help us develop the fastest and straightest road to a successful lawsuit. Your attorney will also take this into consideration when looking at the opposing side. Determining how honest the other party is can be a major factor in favorable outcome during a legal dispute.
Contact an Experienced Attorney Today
Although there are people out there who lie about being injured in slip and fall accidents, there are people who have truly suffered injuries in such accidents. If you have been injured due to a slip and fall accident, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. Contact the attorneys at Newland & Newland, LLP today to schedule a consultation and let us ensure your rights are protected. We serve clients in the Arlington Heights, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Libertyville, Mundelein, Buffalo Grove, Schaumburg, Elk Grove, and Itasca.
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