Starting a personal injury case is scary. You have likely been hurt, your life has been turned upside-down and you need help. And if you have never met with a lawyer before it might be hard to know what to do or what to say. So what can you share? Or what should you share? In short, you can share anything and should share everything. We are here to help you and we need to know all the information that will aid us in your case. Luckily, there is U.S. law called attorney-client privilege, that protects you, and me, from having to share confidential information, outside of our meetings, that we discuss for your case.
It is similar to the idea of doctor-patient confidentiality. It makes sense in the medical field that doctors need to keep sensitive information private, but the same is applicable in the legal field. Anything that you tell us as we meet is confidential within our legal group and is protected by law. So feel free to share.
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Although information is protected under attorney-client privilege, there are exceptions to the rule. Here a few:
- If the information furthers crime or fraud.
- For example, if you tell a lawyer that you are going to rob a bank, then they can legally report you.
- If the client reveals this information to a 3rd party.
- For example, any other person, who is not the lawyer or the client, is not protected under attorney client privilege. They can be questioned.
These are just two of the exceptions. For a more extensive list follow this link.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident, please call us today. Feel free to share everything with us and we will get you the compensation you deserve.