How Do Personal Injury Clients Make or Break Cases?
Personal Injury clients can make or break a case! This article will cover the top three things clients do that break their case, and the one thing that can almost guarantee a favorable outcome. Our Shaked Law Resource provides factual, truthful legal materials to better assist those seeking Personal Injury representation.
#1: Can social media really hurt a client’s case?
So many of us find ourselves scrolling through social media on a daily basis. We rely on apps for news, to share information, and to post updates on our lives. However, social media has become a common problem in Personal Injury cases. Why? Social media allows lawyers to quickly catch on to the liars!
Lawyers will place Personal Injury clients in one of two categories: those who lie, and those who are truthful. The truthful clients will refrain from posting too much on social media for the duration of their case. Some may not post at all, depending on what their lawyer advises. On the other hand, It’s easy to spot one of the liars. How? They’ll tell the legal team one story, but their social media will show another. Clients don’t often consider who may be looking into their social media during legal proceedings. Or, they don’t take their lawyer’s advice seriously. When it’s the latter, it’s easy to spot a liar. During a Personal Injury case, all eyes are on the victim’s injuries.
For example, the client may tell their lawyer their back or hip pain makes it impossible for them to return to work. The attorney then discovers their social media displays various pictures of them dancing on the weekend, working out, or playing sports. These inconsistencies online make it difficult for the lawyer to trust the client’s story. When it comes to attorney-client relationships trust is the most important factor in the case. The lawyer must have the whole truth (and nothing but the truth) from the client.
#2: Why should clients never lie about the extent of their injuries?
Personal Injury cases should never be thought of as a cash grab. Personal Injury clients who think they can lie about the injuries sustained in an accident to obtain a larger amount of money are mistaken. They’re then placed with the liars. The job of a Board Certified lawyer is to provide justice to clients who are truly injured. When one of the liars sits down with a lawyer and tells a misleading story, this takes the time away from a truly injured victim requiring legal advice.
There’s a simple solution to the problem: don’t ever lie! By telling the lawyer exactly what happened, he or she will be able to best use their time to resolve the case favorably. The truth is, whether or not a person believes they’re a good enough actor to pull off lying (and faking their injuries) the lawyer, judge, and jury will always be able to see the truth. Lawyers with experience can separate the truthful clients, from the liars.
#3: Why should a Personal Injury client never change their story?
If the story changes, it’s a red flag to any experienced lawyer that a client may not be telling the truth. Changing the events leading to the injury does not help the case. In fact, it can cause the case to end abruptly without compensation. Exaggerating is another red flag that experienced lawyers catch onto quickly. Telling the lawyer what you think they want to hear instead of the truth can hurt or kill a Personal Injury client’s case. Lying about past medical history to make the injury seem worse can reduce the compensation and is still a form of lying. This will still hurt the case!
The best thing to do in a situation where a client is unsure of how to answer… is to ask! The lawyer’s job is protecting the client. During the legal process many questions arise, and the lawyer can only answer them if they have the true story. So never make up a story because it sounds more interesting. Lawyers are only interested in the truth.
What’s the #1 secret to a favorable outcome in a Personal Injury case?
When it comes to “winning” a case, there’s more that factors in than clients consider. The lawyers with the most experience know that to achieve a favorable outcome on behalf of Personal Injury clients, the secret is hiding in plain sight. There’s no gimmick here, and the secret to the most successful lawyers’ careers is simple: being truthful. This secret is not actually a secret at all! Every client should always tell the truth, no matter the circumstances.