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If you or a loved one have been a victim of an accident, car accident, slip and fall accident, negligent security, etc. its probably a good idea that you do not keep secrets from your attorney. Giving you attorney all the information they need, truthful information, can help your case and maximize what you can recover when you file a claim/lawsuit. At Olga Porven, P.A. we understand that human nature is to hide things about ourselves that may not be that flattering like criminal history, prior accident, new limitations, etc. However, if you want to help your case, the truth is always better. If you give false information, it is possible that you could be fined or worse you could be charged with fraud. Remember that the adjusters and the attorneys working for he defense pride themselves in finding every detail about you and your past. In some instances, they know you better than you know yourself. In order to strategize and be appropriately prepared to bring your case, key information that you should tell your attorney are:
1. CRIMINAL RECORD - If you have any charges that go to your character, proving that you are not trustworthy (ex: fraud), they can and will be brung up by the defense to prove that your honesty is questionable at best. Their goal is to create doubt. In addition, if you have any felony convictions in the State of Florida, the convictions may also be admissible. It is always better to tell your attorney your prior criminal background so you can work out a plan, prepare for questioning, and admit to them in a deposition so you can finish that line of questioning as soon as possible. If you do not admit to them, then the insurance company will be able to present evidence of the crimes in order damage your credibility. Only your attorney can discuss what offenses, if any, they believe will come in to evidence and/or will be used against you based on the facts of the crime and the facts of your case. Make sure to help yourself out and your attorney by telling them your criminal background. The reality is that your attorney is probably going to run your criminal background anyway, so it is better just to tell them.
2. TAX ISSUES - If you are having any tax issues, Uncle Sam will likely collect any settlement that may be headed towards you. It is almost impossible to recover any lost wages when you are having any tax issues. Therefore, this may lead your attorney not to claim lost wages or loss of earning capacity if you are having tax difficulties.
3. DIVORCE - If you are going through a rough divorce, not only is your soon to be ex going to try to claim part of the proceeds from your settlement, but they may not be the best witness for your case. If you are going through a highly contested divorce, they may testify against you claiming that you are no longer injured, etc. It is better for your attorney to know the situation and try to get a statement from your ex early on in order to tie them to their testimony.
4. PRIOR ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES - A very common defense for insurance companies and defense attorneys is that the injuries that you are complain as a result of the subject accident is really a result of a prior accident/injury. Although many clients may not tell their attorney about a prior injury, they think that they will get away with it "No one will know," it is the job of the Defense to know everything about you. Their simply have to do a claim search and request records from all local hospitals to see if you have had a history of injury to any part of your body. The insurance company will spare no expense to determine that your injuries are old and not a result of the accident that is the subject of the claim. If your attorney knows of your prior injuries they can admit to them and claim that now those prior injuries are exacerbated and worst because of the subject accident.
These are just some details that you should tell you car accident attorney during your interview. Your attorney is not your enemy, but your partner in this endeavor. It is in your best interest to inform them of all pertinent information, no matter how embarrassing, or how you fell this will damage your case.
If you are injured in a car accident, slip and fall, shooting, etc., you may be entitled to compensations for your injuries, medical charges, lost wages, pain and suffering, etc. You need an accident lawyer like Olga Porven who is ready to take on a case in Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Hialeah, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Miami Lakes, Cooper City, Hollywood and Miami Gardens. Olga Porven, Esq., an attorney with Olga Porven, P.A., is a former insurance defense attorney. She is well aware of what the insurance companies are capable of and has the experience in dealing with insurance companies to help you obtain potential compensation in your case. Contact, Olga Porven, P.A. for a free consultation. We will gladly speak to you regarding your personal injury matter.