The lawyers from The Lurie Law Firm, a New York injury law practice that works exclusively with personal injury clients, says that answering questions can be overwhelming for those filing a claim.
Online PR News – 09-October-2009 – New York, New York – “It is human nature to feel uncomfortable answering questions, especially from authority figures like police officers, attorneys, and judges,” says George W. Ilchert, Esq., a partner with the firm of Lurie, Ilchert, Mac Donnell and Ryan, LLP (http://www.limrlaw.com). “However, if you file a personal injury claim you will have to answer questions and if you’ve been in an accident you know that the questions start the moment authorities and medical service teams arrive on the scene.”
The experts at Lurie Law, a leading New York injury law firm specializing in accident cases, say the best way to answer question is to think clearly and express only what it is that you know to be true.
“It goes without saying that this advice applies to any situation and it is actually a simple concept, but most people feel pressured, particularly when they are testifying under oath,” says Ilchert. “People often think and talk too fast when answering questions regarding serious matters.”
According to Ilchert, the biggest mistake that an injury victim can make is to attribute the statements of others to themselves.
“It is imperative that you take the time to add the details of where you got the details about your accident, even if there are aspects that you did not witness it first hand,” says Ilchert. “For example, if you were injured in an automobile accident because the other driver was talking on a cell phone, you cannot state that as personal knowledge if you did not see it occur.”
This is why attribution is necessary to your case, says Ilchert. Though the accident victim may not have seen the other driver talking on the phone, perhaps a passenger did.
“When you attribute the information to the correct source you become credible in the eyes of the court,” says Ilchert. “At Lurie Law we prep all of our personal injury clients to know exactly how to handle themselves when being questioned by the defense and it makes all the difference.”
Established for more than 50 years, Lurie, Ilchert, Mac Donnell & Ryan LLP, located at 475 Park Avenue South (32nd Street) New York, NY, 10016, specializes in representing victims of all types of accidents including construction accident and demolition, falls from ladders, scaffolds, and roofs, automobiles, trains, and busses, babies with cerebral palsy and other brain damage, general medical malpractice, saws and electrical tools without guards, and slip and fall cases. For more information, call 1-800-679-4227 or visit http://www.limrlaw.com.
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