You may feel intimidated working with a lawyer, but the truth is that you do not have to be. A good lawyer will always make you feel comfortable as well as respected right from the get-go.
The key to a lawyer-client relationship is honesty, which is why you should be upfront about everything and work together to win your case. Being honest with your personal injury attorney is important since everything you tell him will be used to make an informed decision during the process of your case and this will benefit everyone.
Here is a list of 5 things that you should tell your lawyer:
- Inform your lawyer about past accidents or injuries: It is important to inform your personal injury lawyer about any accidents or injuries that you have suffered in the past. One of the first things an insurance adjuster will do is try to deny the claim, saying that your current injuries were caused by accidents in the past. It is important that your lawyer is able to dispute this.
- Inform him about any criminal history: In most cases, any felonies or misdemeanors will not have an effect on your case, but they can be brought up during your trial because a background check will be done by insurance company lawyers. It is important for your lawyer to have all the information that opposing counsel has so that he can be prepared.
- Inform him about bankruptcy: If you have filed for bankruptcy, you should tell your lawyer. If you have filed during your case, you will not get the money from the settlement since it becomes a part of your estate. However, if you tell your personal injury lawyer, he can collaborate with your bankruptcy lawyer to secure a part of the settlement for you.
- Inform him about divorce: If you have filed for divorce, or are planning to, you need to tell your personal injury lawyer. If your spouse was the one who was supporting you after your accident injury, they may be entitled to a portion of the recovered damages. If this is the case, your lawyer will make sure that they receive a compensation that is fair.
- Inform him about any injuries since the accident: If you have suffered from any injuries since the accident, you will need to tell your lawyer about it. There may be claims from opposing counsel that you are trying to receive compensation for injuries that are in no way related to the accident claim you have filed. If this occurs, your lawyer needs to be able to dispute the claim.
Keep Your Lawyer Well-Informed
When you work with your lawyer, it can be a major asset to your personal injury case because the claims process is a complicated one. Without your cooperation, there is only so much your lawyer can do. If you have a personal injury case, remember that it is important to keep your attorney as updated as possible.
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