Common Defense Tactics in Personal Injury Cases
Explaining Common Defense Tactics
When someone is injured because of the negligence, recklessness or even
the intentional conduct of another person or people, the injured party
has legal rights and options that arise immediately. However, there are
several challenges that must be overcome in order for justice to be obtained,
and many of these challenges involve dealing with the defense in a
personal injury lawsuit.
If you or someone you love has been harmed by someone else, you need to
seek the help of experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyers as
soon as possible so that the common defense tactics discussed below can
be handled properly.
Delay, Delay, Delay
One common defense tactic that’s employed involves the delaying of
the settlement negotiation and/or the litigation process for as long as
possible. This is usually done for several reasons, but the most common
reason is that the person who has been injured is usually faced with mounting
medical bills and other costs, and the longer it takes to obtain any sort
of recovery, the more desperate the injured person is likely to become.
When an injured person obtains the help of experienced San Francisco personal
injury lawyers, however, this tactic can be met with several different
responses designed to prompt the defense to move the matter forward. These
responses can include negotiation tactics as well as seeking help from
the court by way of motions.
If a matter proceeds to trial, one of the most common defense tactics that’s
used is to impeach any witnesses that may appear on behalf of the injured
person. Impeaching a witness basically means that defense attorneys will
work to discredit that witness in any number of ways, whether they relate
to the testimony being offered or not. Any problems that can be raised
in regards to a witness may make his or her testimony less credible, which
could harm the plaintiff’s case.
An experienced and skilled San Francisco personal injury attorney who has
handled many trials in the past has doubtlessly encountered this tactic
and come to learn several responses to it. These responses can include
submitting timely objections to certain lines of questioning that may
be irrelevant and/or rehabilitating the witness on the stand in the eyes
of the court.
Despite what people may hear and see in advertisements that make it seem
like obtaining a personal injury recovery is a simple process, the fact
of the matter is that it is not.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by someone else,
contact the team at Scarlett Law Group today to
schedule a free initial consultation.