Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Handling Personal Injury Claims in the Seattle Area and Throughout Washington Since 1995

My name is Chris Thayer and I am a personal injury attorney practicing in downtown Seattle. I handle personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death claims throughout the greater Seattle area, including Issaquah, Mercer Island and Kirkland.

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Negative Case Factors

Posted Wednesday, July 15, 2015 by Chris Thayer

While you may be patiently waiting for your trial, Seattle injury lawyers can explain that there are several things that you can do or choose not to do that can have a dramatic impact on the value of your personal injury case. Here are a few such behaviors that can adversely affect your case.

Commission of a Crime

If you commit a crime that involves dishonesty or your credibility, evidence of it can be admitted at your trial. Communications with Witnesses Anything that you say about your case with anyone other than your own Seattle injury lawyers can potentially be used against you as an admission of a party opponent. Additionally, a person overhearing a conversation that you have about your case can be brought to court as a rebuttal witness.


Additionally, if you have bad behavior in other aspects of your life, this may taint the testimony that witnesses who are vouching for you may deliver.

Failing to Document

As the plaintiff, you have the burden of proving your case and documenting your damages. Therefore, failing to keep proof of how you were injured or the bills that you had to pay can adversely affect the value of your case and the likelihood of your success.

Not Following Directions

Your damages can also be reduced if the defendant shows that you did not follow your doctor’s instructions or missed medical appointments because this looks like you do not care about your health. The defense theory may be that you are exaggerating your injuries and a defendant should not be made to pay more than the actual damages that he or she caused.

Legal Assistance

If you would like more information on behaviors to avoid before your personal injury trial, contact personal injury attorney Seattle Chris Thayer at (866) 884-2417.