You ruin your case when you misrepresent your level of activity. Everybody’s heard the stories of the privateinvestigator who catches the supposedly injured worker dancing at hisdaughter’s wedding. While those casesare rare, more often the private investigator spends three days hiding in yourneighbor’s bushes and catches you taking out the garbage, picking up the mail,or even mowing your lawn. Sometimes,these things must get done in spite of your significant injuries. But where people get caught is when theyclaim they can’t do even those simple things and then see the film that provesthem wrong. There’s a phrase in law thatsays “false in one thing, false in all things.” When the jury hears this phrase – and then sees you misrepresenting youractivity at trial, your case is ruined. You ruin your case when you hide other injuries. The same warning holdstrue for other injuries. Your lawyer canassess the value of a potential case only if he knows what injuries yousuffered as a result of the accident –and what injuries may be due topre-existing problems. You may have legitimatearguments that your present injury aggravated the old injury, or maybe the oldinjury didn’t disable you like the new injury did. But if you hide the other injuries, and theyare later discovered by the opposing party, your case is ruined. You ruin your case when you hide past accidents from your lawyer. You ruin your case when you hide past accidents from yourlawyer. We live in a dangerous world. Everyone has many ways he could beinjured, due to more drivers on the road, more distractions in life, moredangerous products polluting the environment, and more products creatingdangerous conditions. Not telling your attorney at the first meeting aboutthese past injuries can ruin your case. Let your lawyer decide whether thosepast injuries are important to your case. If you don’t tell your lawyer, youcan be sure that the insurance company’s lawyers will be happy to let him know,but probably when it’s too late to repair any potential damage.