Having a personal injury attorney in your corner is important when making an accident claim. Despite this, it is not a guarantee that you will be awarded compensation simply because you hired an experienced personal injury lawyer.
You can however, improve your chances of having a good outcome in the case by providing your attorney with as much information about you and your case as possible. Many people are tempted to hide some facts about their circumstances from their attorneys. Hiding information, no matter how negative, is counterproductive in an accident claim.
The following are some things your personal injury attorney ought to know:
- Previous injuries you may have suffered in an accident
If you have previously suffered injuries in an accident or if you have a pre-existing condition that may have been aggravated by the accident, it is important to let your attorney know about these injuries at the initial consultation. Your medical records will be used as evidence in court. This means that experts will be looking over scans and reports of your injuries to determine whether or not they were caused or made worse by the accident. It is important to inform your lawyer about previous injuries so that they can position your claim appropriately and provide evidence in your favor when these injuries are brought up by opposing counsel.
- Criminal record
Do you have a criminal record? Whether you were charged with felonies or misdemeanors, it is important to let your lawyer know about your criminal history. Although your criminal past may not affect your case, opposing counsel can use this information to damage your credibility as a victim before the court. Letting your lawyer know early will help him prepare the case in an appropriate manner.
- If you’ve filed for divorce
If you have filed for divorce or plan to, ensure that you tell your lawyer. This information is vital especially if your spouse was supporting you after your injury. Your spouse may be entitled to a percentage of the damages you receive. This awareness will help your attorney determine the best way to present your claim and ask for fair compensation.
- Filing for bankruptcy
Your lawyer also needs to know the status of your estate. If you file for bankruptcy, your creditors may be entitled to part or all of the damages you are awarded. Your lawyer can help to ensure that you secure some of the amount awarded as compensation for your injuries.
Being open and honest about your circumstances will help your lawyer to build a strong case for you. It will ensure that your attorney is ready no matter what the opposing counsel may attempt to use against you.