The insurance industry is a major player in the world’s economy. It is a $3.3 trillion dollar industry globally, but this incredibly high number should come as no surprise considering our reliance on insurance. Not only do most states require drivers to carry car insurance, but many people also pay for homeowner’s insurance, health insurance, life insurance, and more. However, some people choose to commit insurance fraud.
For some people, holding policies is a very helpful part of their lives. It can lessen doctors’ bills as well as protect your financial investment in your home should a natural disaster occur. However, some people can become frustrated with paying their premiums. It can seem like all you do is pay premiums to the insurance company without seeing any financial returns. In times like this, it can be very tempting to commit insurance fraud as a way to regain your investment.
There are several different types of insurance fraud, and for each type, there are some common forms of fraud. These include:
- Life – faking someone’s death, such as that of your spouse, so that together you can collect the life insurance
- Home – studies show that arson is far and away the most common way that people destroy their homes to collect insurance
- Auto – filing for injuries that are not related to car accidents or staging fake car accidents
Additionally, one of the most frequent forms of insurance fraud is healthcare. Doctors can perform a treatment on a patient, then charge the insurance company for a more expensive procedure. Conversely, some people with insurance can pretend to have health problems so that they can collect medication for those who do not have insurance.
Insurance is a tricky industry because so much of it relies on the word of the policy holder versus that the of the insurance company. For instance, a policy holder can claim injury, which the insurance company may or may not refuse to cover. In this confusing tangle, you can be mistakenly charged with insurance fraud. If you have been charged with insurance fraud, you should contact a Dallas criminal defense attorney from the Lassiter Law Office today.