The first step in bringing a personal injury lawsuit is finding and meeting with an experienced lawyer. And, should the case move forward, that will be the first of many meetings. Over time you’ll have many conversations as the lawyer learns everything they can about what happened, and some of those conversations may be difficult. Details of the incident may be sensitive, even intimate. You’ll want assurances that those discussions remain private and confidential.
Luckily the American legal system has safeguards in place that ensure just that—attorney/client privilege. Attorney/client privilege is an established legal rule that protects and maintains the confidentiality of your communications with your attorney. They cannot share what you tell them, and they cannot be legally forced to divulge that information by others. In fact, an attorney can be disbarred for breaking a client’s confidentiality.
Attorney/client privilege not only protects you as plaintiff, but hopefully encourages you to tell your attorney everything you know involving the incident.
There are several possibilities:
There are two other cases where a lawyer can be compelled to share privileged information:
…be sure they are the right attorney for the job, with a full understanding of personal injury law and the staff and resources necessary to properly represent you.
If you or a family member has been involved in a personal injury incident, contact the attorneys at LaSalvia Law. We will fight to win you the compensation you deserve.
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