Legal Update – November 12, 2020

Practice Point:  DSM will be adding to our Legal Updates periodic Practice Points.  Today, we start with the essential basics.  Whether you are injured at work at the railroad or injured in a car accident, the information you provide in a written statement is critical.  By the time your legal case begins, many of the facts will have been committed to writing even before you ever speak to an attorney.  For that reason, it is absolutely essential that if you give a written or recorded statement about your injury and the circumstances that caused it, the information you provide must be detailed, complete, and accurate.  The success of many of our cases at trial has hinged on what the injured person and the negligent party said and did right after the injury occurred.  This evidence is often the most accurate and truthful.  As our founding partner, Ben Saunders, says “Truth Wins Lawsuits.”  In addition, if you are injured and are requested to give a written or recorded statement, do not do so until you have received the necessary medical treatment, and never give such a statement if you are medicated and do not feel well.  In the end, it is always best to seek legal advice first, but if you do not rely on legal advice, rely on this:  Be accurate.  Be complete. And, above all else, be truthful.  
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