I was having a talk with a fellow personal injury lawyer the other day, and he was griping about the result of a mediation. This was a small car wreck case, and the insurance adjuster dropped the “bombshell” during the mediation that she discovered that the plaintiff had run a 5k race after the car wreck. And not only had the plaintiff run the wreck, but the plaintiff posted a faster time after the wreck than he did the year before.
There are two things to learn from the story. First, if you’re involved in a wreck or accident, the other side will investigate you. In this day and age of the internet, it’s really cheap and easy for defense lawyers or insurance adjusters to spend a little time and find out a lot of information about your life. If you have skeletons in the closet, they’ll find them, even in small cases.
The more important lesson is to be honest with your lawyer. When we were remodeling our house, our builder used to say, “there are no problems, only issues.” If a client tells his lawyer something bad, the lawyer can usually deal with it. But when the client doesn’t tell the truth or fails to include something in the hopes that no one will ever find it, that often becomes a problem. These types of problems ruin cases. So if you’re injured, learn from others’ mistakes and tell your attorney the truth.
Not being honest with your attorney is only one of many mistake you can make that can ruing your case. If you or a loved one has been injured in a wreck, on-the-job injury, or otherwise injured by someone else, request a copy of our book, HOLDING WRONGDOERS ACCOUNTABLE: Avoiding Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Texas Accident Claim. I think you’ll be glad you did.
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