Preparing for Your Orange County Personal Injury Testimony, Part 1
Your testimony in your Orange County personal injury trial is one of the most important factors in determining whether the jury will award you the full amount to which you are entitled. If you come across as honest and likeable, jurors will be more likely to side with you than they would be if you come across as deceitful, condescending, or otherwise unsympathetic.
Your Orange County personal injury lawyer will help you prepare for your testimony based on the specific facts he or she wants to elicit through your testimony, but here are two general principles that are applicable to most personal injury cases.
1. Tell the Truth. This is the most important thing for any witness to keep in mind. If you exaggerate your injuries or lie about how your accident was caused and the jury finds out, your case will be sunk. If there are facts that are unfavorable to you, tell your lawyer well in advance of trial, and he will be able to incorporate them into his overall case strategy.
2. Be Respectful. You may feel anger towards the defense attorney for protecting the person who caused your injury, but you should never be anything less than civil to him or her-this will be very off-putting to the jury. This goes double for the judge and other court personnel. Call the judge “Your Honor” and the defense attorney “sir” or “ma’am.”
If you have been injured in Orange County, call personal injury lawyer Samer Habbas at (888) 848-5084 for a free consultation.