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There were no witnesses. Will that hurt my case?

Some people wonder if there are no witnesses to their case, will that affect their credibility as a witness, or will it affect the veracity that they bring to the table as an injured party? And the answer to that is, quite simply, the truth always comes out. Whether there is a witness to the incident or not, we are confident the person that harmed you and the harms that were caused to you will be made very clear and exposed because that is the truth is what our justice system is about, and it’s what we pride ourselves on being able to bring to light.

Will my case go to trial?

Many times people who’ve been harmed in a personal injury collision of some sort, they want to know whether or not, by bringing a claim, does that necessarily mean they’re going to have to go to trial?

Less than one percent of all cases actually go to the courthouse. Many cases settle on the courthouse steps.

Every case that walks through the doors of our office, we will treat as though it is going to trial. You will hear us discuss your case in terms of what would a jury do. Not that we expect your case to go to trial, but we will plan for your case to go to trial so that we are not caught off guard by insurance company tactics. The best preparation is proper planning.

What happens if we go to trial? Will I have to testify?

In a case in which the claim has not resolved prior to setting of a case for trial, and the case does go before a jury or a judge, it is always imperative that a client be able to speak on their own behalf about their own case.

We spend hours preparing our client so that they feel that they have the tools and they are ready to go before not only a judge and a jury, but to take the questions that the defense counsel will want to ask them. So if a case is going to trial, our clients will be prepared.

What if I have a previous conviction — will that hurt my case?

Some clients are concerned about prior records of past indiscretions or things that may be on their permanent record, and they want to know whether or not that would harm their claim. And the truth to that answer is it depends.

If you were very young and you have a criminal record that may be protected and sealed and that may not be subject to the rules of evidence and may not come in to a civil case. If there is something glaring on your record, our courthouse doors are open to everybody, even if you have prior convictions.

What happens in our jurisprudence is a person with a past conviction for felonies may have their veracity put to question by opposing counsel. Having an attorney who knows how to deal with that information is key because our courthouse doors are open to everybody.

Just because you have past indiscretions or have had a problem with the law, it doesn’t mean that you deserved what happened to you, and we will help you through those questions, those answers, and you will be a prepared—you will be prepared for those types of questions from opposing counsel.

Can I Bring A Claim On Behalf Of An Injured Family Member?

When a significant other whom you’re not married to or are domestic partners with but the law doesn’t acknowledge that for whatever reasons and they’re not next of kin, bringing a claim on their behalf will be up to the next of kin or next relative in the degrees of kinship, which is a legal term that we can help you understand. If you are the person who the family has decided is the best person to act as guardian or administer or executor of the estate—to act on the behalf—in the behalf of the person that’s been harmed, then you can. But it will be up to the next of kin.
This is a problem a lot of people face, and prior to being in this situation it’s always great to get the right documentation in place so that that problem can be pre-addressed. Not everybody has that luxury and we understand that, and we can help you work through that.

Regardless of the nature of your relationship to any individual that’s harmed, you can always contact us by phone and get a free consultation. If you feel more comfortable coming in to the office and speaking with an attorney person-to-person, we’ll make time for you, and we will make sure that your questions are answered.

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