Be Honest With Your Personal Injury Attorney
After finding themselves injured in a Florida car accident, many people who choose to pursue a personal injury lawsuit worry that things from their past will come back to haunt them. Whether this hesitation comes from resentment, embarrassment, or even fear at the thought of sharing personal information, accident victims routinely make the mistake of not fully informing their attorney of facts that may adversely affect their case. However, it is vital to be completely honest with your personal injury attorney from the very beginning.
The Importance of Being Up Front
A qualified personal injury attorney can help investigate your accident and ensure that you get the best possible settlement for your claim in order to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and other costs associated with your accident. But while it may seem like holding back information that you suspect could be damaging to your claim could help you be compensated for your injuries, the reality is that not being completely up front can be damaging to your claim to the extent that it may even prevent you from recovering whatsoever. If your attorney is aware of the potential factors that would negatively impact your claim, he or she can instead strategize how to lessen their impact.
In addition, you want to remember that your attorney is just as human as everyone else and no one likes being blindsided by information they find out from a third party. Being honest about questionable aspects of your claim can help you preserve your relationship with your attorney and ensure that the lines of trust go both ways.
Important information that should always be disclosed to your attorney includes:
- Relevant medical history, including prior injuries
- Other lawsuits or injury claims
- Past criminal history
- Subsequent accidents
- Any past workers’ compensation claims
- Your work history
Even if you’re hesitant to be honest, keep in mind that due to the attorney-client relationship, your lawyer isn’t allowed to disclose the information you provide and has a duty to keep things you share confidential. You may even find out that something you have been dreading sharing doesn’t have any relevance to your case and needs to go no further than your attorney’s office. The only way to find out for sure is to contact an experienced legal team.
You Can Be Honest With Us.
You should turn to a personal injury legal team that knows the ins and outs of the insurance claim process and can protect your interests when navigating through it. After all, your case in the hands of an experienced lawyer will allow you to focus on what’s most important – recovering from your injuries. And while you have the option of pursuing a claim on your own, you’ll come out in a far better position if you retain an attorney than if you attempt to go through the process alone. As the Orlando personal injury attorneys at The Pendas Law Firm, we offer straightforward guidance and advice and we fight to maximize compensation. Contact us today to begin with an honest conversation.
The Pendas Law Firm also represents clients in the Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Ocala, Bradenton, Fort Myers, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Miami and Daytona Beach areas.