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Facing the Facts that Most Accidents Don't Happen by Chance

Accidents happen, but most personal injury lawyers realize that they do not happen by chance. Besides injuries caused by weather related natural occurrences like the dust storms that frequently blow through many Lubbock communities during the spring, most personal injury accidents are caused by someone's negligence. Examples of negligent acts that often lead to accidents are texting while driving, failing to catch a defective product during manufacturing quality assurance activities, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, operating machinery while fatigued and the list can go on and on. When a person who is injured in an accident seeks to file a claim for damages, they must unearth evidence to support their claim and be able to present their findings to a judge or jury in a logical manner. These activities can be daunting tasks for potential plaintiffs who are already coping with injuries. However, accident victims do not have to work alone. Here are some of the things that an accident victim can expect to encounter during the fact finding phase of their case as well as ways that an experienced personal injury attorney like those at Doan Law Firm can help.

When Personal Injury Cases Get Personal

One of the things that surprises personal injury clients about professional fact finding endeavors is the level of detail that becomes known as a result of persistent, calculated searching. They are not to consider this a source of anxiety; the legal system was designed to enable a great deal of transparency so that theoretically truth and justice can consistently prevail. This means that all parties have a certain obligation to disclose information that can establish the facts of personal injury cases. This also means that personal information becomes publicly accessible because that is the nature of civil cases such as personal injury trials. Clients who are extremely private individuals can find this a little irritating, but they prepare themselves ahead of time for full disclosure so that their case can be presented in the best way possible. However, clients who want to hide less than ethical activities will find that the discovery process is a downright harrowing experience. These people have to decide early whether or not the personal injury award is worth disclosing their activities. For example, a young person gets injured in an accident while returning from a concert with some friends. Because the person was rear ended by a driver who was texting while driving, the case for a personal injury award seems to be straight forward. However, the injured client called in sick for work to have time to go to the concert that evening in this example case. If that person's case goes to trial, then all the details about the date, time and circumstances surrounding the accident will become public. That person will have to consider that they may lose their job and have a negative blot on their employment record for being fired for lying.

The Honesty Factor

Most people can see how much dishonest actions can cost them, but honesty between clients and their lawyers must be emphasized as absolutely crucial. Lawyers are in the position to facilitate sworn statements that hold a great deal of weight in the court system. Dishonesty is not just considered an ethical flaw in these cases. In fact, dishonest answers to questions can be construed as an attempt to commit fraud in many cases, and courts can impose fines or imprisonment depending on the severity of the case. There are certain cases where clients are tempted to evade questions or give dishonest answers for other than dishonest reasons, however. For example, a business owner who must disclose a trade secret or a patented product formula may have a problem being completely honest throughout the discovery process. In this case, the person should be honest with their legal team so that together they can figure out a way to mitigate the risk of releasing corporate knowledge to the public. While a business person could attempt to navigate this process on their own, seasoned lawyers have the knowledge and experience to present these types of cases properly, ethically and with the appropriate amount of discretion.

Fact Finding: It's a Marathon Not a Sprint

While the legal system promotes transparency for evidence gathering, lawyers still have to take time to ask the right questions on behalf of their clients to get the information needed to create strong personal injury cases. The evidence that is gathered is useful no matter if their clients decide to negotiate settlements with insurance companies or to take their cases to trial. However, clients should not expect the discovery process to be a quick undertaking. With the help of lawyers, clients move through the fact finding process quicker than if they acted on their own, but the process is still a comprehensive one that requires patience and endurance.

Conclusion

While nearly everyone possesses some degree of investigative abilities, fact finding is one of the skills that lawyers are trained to cultivate. Discovery missions performed by lawyers at Doan Law Firm are conducted systematically so that clients gain the information that they need quickly and efficiently.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer

After an accident, the responsible party's insurance company may try to reduce the claim amount. Commonly, insurance adjusters are trained to get information from the injured to assist in reducing the claim. Though some insurers are less guilty of this practice than others, it is important to realize that insurance companies are profit-oriented corporations and reducing claims results in increased profits for shareholders. This can create a situation for the injured in which they are offered a settlement that does not truly reflect the damages suffered. If you accept this settlement, you lose the ability to get more money should your injuries require further medical treatments. It is critical that victims get legal assistance in any personal injury case, and The Doan Law Firm is prepared to fight relentlessly for your rights.

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