Discretion During A Personal Injury Trial
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on May 15, 2012 in Advice
The trial process for a personal injury lawsuit can take a long time, and be a stressful process for the plaintiff.
However, it's important to be mindful of your behavior, who you talk to about the trial, and what you say.
In today's connected world, people often use social media such as facebook and twitter to keep in touch with relatives and friends, but it's worth pointing out that often third parties can see what you post online—including the defendant's lawyers. Taken out of context, saying the wrong thing, or revealing too much about the trial proceedings could be damaging to your case.
It's best to remember that a personal injury trial and its associated legal proceedings are sensitive and confidential, and that a high level of discretion is necessary.
Talk to your lawyer throughout the proceedings, and if you feel that you need to let close family members know how the trial is going, do so in person, after consulting your lawyer.
- Stay away from social media, or at least be careful what you talk about.
- Stick to the weather, local sports, family, and friends.
- Don't talk about your injuries, or the trial proceedings, or anyone else involved in them.
Chances are that whatever you could say would be innocuous, but it's best to let your lawyer define the narrative of what happened, using the evidence and witnesses he has gathered to strengthen your case. Anything taken out of context, particularly about the nature of your injuries, could lead to the defendant's lawyers slowing down and hindering the process, keeping you from receiving the help you need and the justice you deserve.