THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING PLEASANT, TRUTHFUL, AND AUTHENTIC TIP NO. 7 You don’t see this tip on a lot of lists, but it’s as important, if not more important, than any of the others. Why? Because at the end of the day, if a jury likes you, they will often return a favorable verdict in the full amount you are seeking or possibly more. Oftentimes we hear about our civil justice system’s adversarial nature and how you have to go toe-to-toe against your opponent. While this is true, it’s critical to understand that oftentimes the real reason people want to give you a substantial award is because they like and can relate to you and because they truly believe you deserve it. It’s a sociological fact that people have an innate desire to help other people. If you are warm, genuine, cordial, and honest, even the oldest, staunchest defense attorney, judge, or juror will be hard pressed to slight you. On the other hand, people have no problem punishing or saying no to someone who appears dishonest, mean, or inauthentic, and you will be hard-pressed to find sympathy and compassion for the claimed extent of your injuries. In these regards, it is important to note that defense attorneys will search high and low for any social media postings they can use to devalue your case, thus, be very careful with your social media postings and activity. 15 TOP 10 TIPS FOR THE INJURED We also hold in-person lawyer-to-client preparation sessions. In these preparation sessions, we will discuss the do’s and don’ts of testifying, what to expect during the proceeding, and what the opposing attorney will say and do. No one wants to take a test or run a race without first preparing for it and the same goes for your lawsuit. TIP NO. 6 | Take full advantage of prep sessions TOP 10 TIPS FOR THE SERIOUSL Y INJURED 800-818-1818 • DominguezFirm.com