Search Site
Menu

Honesty is the Best Policy

I have often been asked if a client’s return to work shortly after being injured will compromise the case. I am proud to say that I always answer, “Do what you feel you are capable of doing and don’t let the case influence you.” Honesty is the best policy in our actions and deeds. This is not simply a naïve view. In addition to the ethical requirements that govern a lawyer who answers this question, the practical considerations dictate being honest.

Defense lawyers and the insurance companies by whom they are hired are trained to detect malingerers. Often that is their mindset. As a result, any client can expect dozens of questions probing why they returned to work when they did. The defense cross-examiner will have the benefit of all related medical records and work records, and will spend ample time reviewing those records for any inconsistency. There is nothing better than a client who can answer questions ‘ whether they be posed suspiciously or not ‘ with a polite but firm and truthful answer. Far better to return to work on the early side, if medically possible, than to sit at home, both emotionally and for purposes of the case.

As an example, I proudly recall arguing to a jury about a particular client’s special qualities when, after a serious brain injury and surgery, he returned to work only three months after his terrible accident and never missed another day. It allowed me to speak of the triumph of his spirit and it cast him in a very favorable light, a light that he well-deserved.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Feinberg & Alban, P.C. fervently protects your rights
  • The Boston firm of Feinberg & Alban, P.C. specializes its practice in the area of personal injury.

    The attorneys serve the entire state of Massachusetts in addition to affiliating with lawyers in other states to handle cases outside of Massachusetts.

  • $7.7 Million Award for Feinberg & Alban Client in Personal Injury Trial

    Boston Attorneys Win Highest Injury Verdict in Massachusetts in 2011 & 2012.

Client Reviews
  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Colleen was great to deal with and communication was easy.

    Read more

    Graham Eyres

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Colleen represented both my daughter and myself in a car accident case. It was a tricky and very involved case with many detail oriented issues to deal with. She handled everything with confidence and grace and supported us through what were some ver...

    Read more

    Rhonda Brouder

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    I’m a college student in the Boston area who suffered a pedestrian personal injury in December of 2022. Thankfully I was put into contact with Feinberg & Alban PC and I worked closely with Robert and Perry Feinberg who treated me with respect and f...

    Read more

    Anne O'Leary

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Alexis Cahill was great, professional, and was open for me to contact on any questions I may have had during the process. Feinberg & Alban PC's services were nice as well, and I'd recommend them due to the transparency, what they were able to negotia...

    Read more

    Branden B.

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    My mom had a great experience with Feinberg as her attorney, after she fell near her house, and he took her under his wing. Mr. Feinberg was helpful, very organized and kind. He helped my mom a lot, very happy with results

    Read more

    Jane sungurov

See all reviews
Awards & Affiliations
Contact us

Quick Contact Form

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.