If you've been arrested for a crime you didn't commit, you need to defend your legal rights. You have the right to an attorney who can help you present your case. After being wrongly accused of something myself, I learned quickly how to navigate the legal avenues to have my case dismissed. My attorney was a great resource for building the case, and because of my understanding of the law, it worked. I created this site to share what I learned along the way and some other great tips for others who have been wrongly accused and arrested for a crime.
Proving negligence or fault for an injury isn't always easy. Consequently, the lawyer-client relationship becomes a crucial aspect of successfully litigating a personal injury case. Just like you will look for certain qualities in a personal injury lawyer, a lawyer will do the same before deciding whether to take on your case.
A personal injury lawyer will...
Decide whether you have a case. Minor injuries aren't worth the time and effort a lawyer needs to invest in presenting a winnable case. Before making a decision, a lawyer will need all the facts surrounding the case, which includes proof that someone other than you was at fault for the injuries you suffered. Without fault, there is no liability, and no liability means no case.
Consider the type of injury you suffered. For example, it may be harder to convince a jury you deserve compensation if you have an injury that isn't obvious. A jury may be more moved by a serious, physical injury they can see. If your injuries have healed, it may help to present photos showing your injuries.
Expect you to be honest about what happened and in what ways you've suffered. Just as you need to trust your lawyer, your lawyer needs to trust you. A lawyer will also consider whether a jury will believe you are honest. Unless a jury believes you are credible, it may not be willing to award you damages for pain and suffering. Your story needs to be consistent. Otherwise, a jury may think you've lied.
Need evidence to support your case. When you meet with a lawyer for the first time, bring along any documentation you have relating to the incident that serves as evidence of your injuries. It's up to you to prove your claim that another person is liable. Medical records, insurance claims, absentee records, police reports, and eyewitness statements can help build your case.
Determine whether your case will get sympathy from a jury. If you don't come off as being a likeable person, a jury may have trouble identifying with what you've been through. You need to make a good witness by getting the jury to like you. Don't be afraid to explain in detail what you've suffered and how your injuries have affected your life.
Want you to follow the advice he or she gives you. Although it's your lawyer's responsibility to guide you through the litigation process, it can help if the two of you develop a favorable rapport. A lawyer may know the law, but only you know how you've suffered. The two of you need to be able to communicate with each other, as the input you provide will affect the way in which a lawyer will present your case to a jury.
For more information, contact Oot & Associates Law Offices or a similar firm.Share
19 November 2014