How an Orange County Personal Injury Lawyer Handles Witness Memory Problems

personal injury lawyerWhile many Orange County personal injury trials rely on witness testimony, witnesses are still human beings with imperfect memories. While pursuing your personal injury case, your lawyer will likely deal with a witness, either your own or the defense’s, who cannot remember key details regarding your case.

Witnesses are supposed to say so when they honestly cannot remember a detail. However, they are forbidden from saying that they don’t remember in order to conceal the truth. This is true regardless of what side the witness is on.

When the Witness Is on Your Side
Experienced Orange County personal injury attorneys will approach this problem differently depending on which side the witness is on. If the witness is on your side, your attorney may try to refresh the witness’s memory by showing him or her pictures or letting the witness read testimony by other witnesses. If the witness is still unsure, the attorney will instruct him or her to say that he or she cannot remember rather than try to make something up.

When the Witness Is on the Other Side
If the witness is on the opposing side, the attorney must make a judgment call as to whether the witness is sincere or is concealing the truth. If your attorney suspects the witness is concealing the truth, he may try rephrasing the question or returning to the question at a later time.

Either way, it is vital that you have an experienced Orange County personal injury attorney managing your case. Call 888-848-5084 today for a free initial consultation with Orange County personal injury attorney Samer Habbas. We will work hard to ensure that you are fairly compensated for your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. You pay no fee until we recover compensation for you.

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