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Can A Criminal Record Impact My Personal Injury Claim in South Carolina?

Can A Criminal Record Impact My Personal Injury Claim in South Carolina?

| Jul 26, 2013

If you have been injured in a car accident, at work , or as the result of someone else's negligence, odds are your criminal record has nothing to do with your case and shouldn't be an issue.

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, and there are instances when a criminal record could impact your personal injury claim. So, it's important to talk with a South Carolina personal injury attorney and explain your entire background - especially if you are worried your specific situation could influence a jury's opinion of you if it were allowed in trial.


Credibility

Some fraud cases, especially if they involve defrauding state or federal agencies like Medicaid or Social Security Disability, could hurt your credibility if they are allowed to be discussed in a trial.

If the at-fault party's insurance company in your personal injury case thinks it may be able to bring up your criminal record to discredit you in front of a jury, it might be less likely to offer you a fair settlement, pushing your case to trial.

Can they bring up my criminal record?

A good South Carolina personal injury lawyer will fight to keep the insurance company from being allowed to discuss your criminal background for the duration of your case. Most of the time, your criminal record will have little connection to your personal injury claim. If it's not relevant to the case at hand, most judges won't allow it to be discussed.

A case that stands on its own.

The best way to ensure that your criminal record does not impact your personal injury case is to have a strong personal injury case that stands on its own. If you are genuinely hurt and struggling to pay medical bills resulting from your injury because of lost wages, it's hard for the insurance company to argue your credibility.

The skilled and experienced South Carolina personal injury lawyers at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can work with you to determine the best way to approach your personal injury case - even with a criminal background. Legal representatives are standing by 24/7 to help you, no matter what. Call today for a FREE case review.

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