The 2010-2011 NFL season has officially wrapped up, and players now have time to heal their bodies from the blunt forces and injuries incurred throughout the season. These hits to the head, back, neck, and side are often exponentially harder than many auto accidents, yet each year millions of dollars are paid out to compensate people for even the slightest fender bender.
Having investigated auto accidents for a number of years, I’m often amazed to see people walk away from totaled vehicles, rollovers, and head-on collisions with just a few bumps and bruises, while others claim injuries when there is no visible damage to their cars.
A thorough investigation will also include a detailed investigation into medical history. Did the party claiming to be hurt have a history of claims? Have they been in multiple accidents? Is there a pattern of claiming injury only when they aren’t at fault? Were there pre-existing conditions or intervening circumstances? What was their pattern of treatment? What was said to their medical provider?
By obtaining 10-20 years of medical history, either through a voluntary medical release or discovery, critical clues can be unearthed to either validate or refute what a party is claiming.