When a personal injury case is started, we often see clients worried. They often think that some things from the past can end up influencing the result of the claim. As a result, they feel angry, resentful, or angry. They do not share some information with their injury lawyer. Unfortunately, this can be a pretty huge mistake that can lead to very bad situations.
The big touchy subject is often prior health history. When the client did suffer because of a medical condition and this happened before the accident, with the accident actually aggravating symptoms or leading to brand new ones, hiring such information is often the case. People are afraid that disclosing the past condition would lead to downplaying how serious the new injuries are.
It is obviously very tempting to neglect some details, lie, or just leave them out. You might want to not mention some things like older lawsuits or criminal records. However, when you do this, you actually drastically hurt your chances and you might not end up being compensated for the injuries you suffered, which is the case even if your claim is 100% legit.
The big reason why you need to disclose everything and not hide past conditions is the fact that your attorney is there to help you. He will be able to reduce the negative impact of information coming from the past. This is done through the establishment of a strategy that would be employed whenever being confronted about the sensitive information you do not want to mention.
Some examples of information you should never hide when discussing your case with the personal injury attorney are:
- Past lawsuits
- Criminal history
- Past insurance claims
- Workers’ compensation claims you received
- Lack of work history or work history
- Health history
- Disability reasons
A very important thing that needs to be in the back of your mind at all times is that the lawyer is not allowed by law to disclose any information you share when there is a relationship established. This practically means that when you hire the injury attorney, he will never use anything he hears against you.
The duty of the lawyer is to respect confidentiality so that your information is protected. Also, he will have to use the information you offer with your best interest in mind. The only situation when the duty of confidentiality will not apply from the lawyer is when you are looking for legal advice with the purpose of committing a future crime.
The very best personal injury attorneys find ways to combine this duty of confidentiality with honesty in order to exclude, explain, or suppress the information that can potentially put the injury claim at risk. Basically, you need to trust your lawyer and trust him that confidentiality will be respected so that the very best possible case can be built.