In most lawsuits, it is fairly common for clients to get carried away and do certain things that could jeopardize their chances of winning their cases. Personal injury cases are no different. Even with the backing of an excellent and experienced attorney, ignorant and negligent behavior while embroiled in a lawsuit has seen many people lose out on what was easily done deals. Clients are generally always advised by their legal counsel on the rudiments of their case, how to act and what they should or should not do in order not to compromise their case by giving the opposition ammunition. This is very wise on their part and clients need to take these tips into advisement to protect the integrity of their claims.
Trust the Representing Attorney.
This is first and pivotal to the strength of any case. Clients need to trust their lawyers and listen to them even when their advice or suggestions do not seem to make sense. Their experience and expertise make them more likely to know the best course of action to be taken at every turn in the suit. If trust does not exist between an attorney and client, there will be friction between them and this will hinder the very necessary flow of communication. The attorney cannot effectively represent the client and these hiccups will be apparent to the opposition who will use it to their advantage.
Don’t Be Too Eager.
Another very important thing to be mindful of is the tendency to be too eager to jump on initial settlements or other possible offers of compensation by the opposing party. It is usually a weak and incommensurate offer. Clients need to contain themselves when they are at the negotiation table, allow their attorneys to speak and haggle for them, and speak privately with them if they are having any considerations on what is being offered. There is always a better offer. The first is never the best and will not be the last. Being too eager suggests desperation and emboldens the opposition to insist on a small settlement.
Preserve the Evidence at All Cost.
This point should be engaged from the moment the accident occurs up until all evidence and relevant information has been collected. There is no length the liable party wouldn’t go to destroy evidence of culpability and discredit the victim. This is very common with vicariously negligent companies. Car accident attorney Natick MA is well versed with the antics of trucking companies that try to destroy or at least corrupt evidence to avoid paying compensation. Protect evidence in all its formats at all cost.
Consider Future Damages.
Keep in mind the possibility of future damages consequent of the accident popping up. In many personal injury cases, this eventuality was not factored into negotiations and the possibility of renegotiations was not argued for. A wise attorney and client will ensure that the possibility of problems arising from the accident in the future is taken care of during the current negotiations or provisions are made revisiting the settlement.
Avoid Social Media.
This is simple as stated. Avoid talking about or posting details of the case on social media platforms. It is highly unethical and very careless. This could compromise the case and give the opposing party ammunition in the negotiation room or court. Details of a case should stay confidential and out of the public eye until all matters have been settled.
Ignoring seemingly simple pointers such as these has cost people their chance to be well compensated for their injuries and sustained damages. Keeping these in mind will ensure that a client does not compromise their case.