Personal injury cases are simple but they’re not easy.  If your case goes to trial, you and your lawyer must convince a jury that you are hurt through the fault of another.  Simple. Not easy.  A usual tactic of the defense is to dig into your medical past and find records showing that you complained of a similar injury before you were injured.  Overcoming such evidence involves keeping the records out, preparing your own doctors to testify and being prepared yourself.  The more experienced your lawyer, the more liley you will be prepared for your day in Court.

One small example is the use of leading questions.  Most trial lawyers will tell you that leading questions are not allowed.  “Objection! Counsel is leading the witness.”  It’s a common refrain heard in Court, especially when a less experienced attorney is asking the questions.  But there are circumstances where they are allowed.  Importantly, to help establish a line of questioning.  Trials are long.  The jury, believe it or not, is not hanging on every word and is not as interested in your case as you are.  It is important to keep trial concise and on point.  The use of leading questions to establish basic facts helps do that.  Simple things like dates, locations, times, names, etc. can firmly and effectively be establish with leading questions.  Make sure you have an attorney that knows the rules of evidence.