Exactly How Much Do You Need to Tell Your Personal Injury Attorney?
Many people who are considering reaching out to a personal injury attorney after an accident wonder: When should I tell the truth and when is it okay to lie? People want the best possible outcome for their case and they worry that small details will hurt their case, such as their legal background or something they were doing during the accident. At Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas we’re her to offer a very simple answer: You should always tell your personal injury attorney the truth.
We’ve seen it time and time again
In his decades of experience, Attorney Vargas has seen dozens and dozens of cases lost because a plaintiff tried to make their case stronger by hiding something from their attorney. They may have left out information about prior injuries, or may have slightly exaggerated the medical attention they received for the injuries obtained in the accident they’re suing for.
First of all – you’re not as good a liar as you think
There are many reasons not to lie, but many people need to be reminded that they’re not as good at lying as they may think they are. Studies have shown time and time again that people have a much harder time recalling lies than they do remembering the truth.
It’s best to assume the other party already knows 100% of the facts
The truth is that even if you do convincingly lie to your attorney, the opposing side likely has access to your secrets. You’ll be surprised by the details they can pull up, including your medical history, regular activities, lifestyle, and previous injuries. Even the least adept attorney can catch you if you like in court. Once your lie has been exposed in court, you can count on the value of your case being reduced.
Your attorney can only help you if they know the full truth
The more information you give to us at Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas, the better off you’ll be. That little piece of information you’re keeping secret, or fudging over, may not be as serious as you think. We may be able to find a way around it and a way to present it to the judge or jury that will minimize its impact. On the other hand, if you keep it to yourself and we only become aware of it after the opposing side does, then we won’t have time to minimize the impact.
Are you ready to learn more about working with an attorney?
If you’ve been injured in an accident have been injured, whether it’s a broken bone or a spinal cord injury, you deserve representation. Contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 today for your free legal consultation. We are here to help you move forward with your life and get the compensation you deserve.