Many clients are hesitant to discuss their personal life with their attorney. In some cases, we will ask our clients about issues ranging from any previous medical conditions to employment history and more. This is relatively normal, however many clients fail to see that it actually can be detrimental to their case. So when you receive one of these questions, it’s important that you answer them honestly and truthfully to the best of your ability, which makes a solid attorney-client relationship so important. Your attorney will not disclose any of this information, but it can dramatically help them with obtaining the compensation you need. Let’s take a look at three things you should tell your attorney at the beginning of your case.
Prior Injuries or Illnesses
If you file a personal injury case, the defense will more than likely conduct a medical background check on you, which will show any previous injury records, instances of mental illness, or any current conditions. These conditions could all come into play during your case, so it is important that your attorney has the ability to prepare for them and that no surprises turn up during your case. Surprises can be detrimental, but if your attorney can use this evidence in your favor, then you are far more likely to obtain a successful outcome.
A divorce and your injury may seem like entirely separate and un-connected issues, but your attorney may be able to bolster your case if you’re going through a divorce. On one hand, if your spouse is harboring negative resentment towards you and their testimony may be detrimental to your case, your attorney may wish to depose them from the trial. Furthermore, if your injury is part of the reason for your divorce, your attorney may include that as part of their claim for “emotional distress” and be able to increase the amount of compensation you are eligible to receive.
“Off The Books” Employment
Working without any sort of official employment record, or “off the books” is a somewhat shady legal gray area, and those who do so rarely want to disclose this information to anyone, much less someone who regularly deals with the law. Rest assured, your attorney will not report you and have you arrested for this, but they will have to alter the way they go about pursuing compensation for you. Approaching recovery for lost wages can be difficult if you have no official record of your employment, so let your attorney know up front if you work and are paid in this fashion to let them adjust their strategy.
Have you been injured through no fault of your own? You shouldn’t have to live with the consequences and expenditures you have incurred. At Randall J. Trost, P.C., our team of Lynchburg personal injury attorneys are dedicated to getting you the best possible outcome to your case. We understand the difficulties you are facing after your injury, which is why we believe that you should not have to deal with the overwhelming hurdle of a legal battle while also recovering and trying to get your life back to normal. We work with each of our clients and emphasize full and open communication for the strongest possible attorney-client relationship, which can help us fight to earn you the maximum possible compensation you are entitled to.Call Randall J. Trost, P.C. today at (434) 738-2300 to review your legal options, starting with a free initial consultation!