Let’s talk about interrogatory answers today. This blog is about something you should try to avoid when involved in a personal injury lawsuit or workers’ compensation claim.  It is about something I see repeatedly and find a distraction. In fact I hear the same thing from clients who sit in my office and feel the need to impress me with the seriousness of their case. Let’s face it, if I’ve taken your case, you can assume I was impressed with it enough to agree to help you. So thinking you need to impress me with the amount of the damages and the value of your case is likely unnecessary.

Taken to its extreme it borders on exaggerating.

What is hyperbole?

hy·per·bo·le hīˈpərbəlē/
  1. exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.



So what is this I’m talking about? My case. My lawsuit. My injuries. My pain.

  • My, my, my, my, my and my said or written repeatedly.
  • My case or my lawsuit.
  • My pain.
  • My injury.
  • My accident.
  • My this, and then my that.

First of all whose pain do you think we are talking about? Of course it is your pain, and so it is totally unnecessary to use the descriptive word “my”. It serves no useful purpose other than to advocate for your own case. You aren’t the lawyer, I am. So stop advocating and start testifying. Advocating is arguing. As the client it is not your job to advocate – that’s my job – after all I am your lawyer. So testify.

Here are some examples of what, to say.

  1. After the accident I experienced pain in the low back pain.
  2. Following the accident I was attended to at Iowa Methodist Medical Center’s emergency room.
  3. Pain was mostly in the right leg, down around the ankle.

When you repeatedly say “my pain” or “my lawsuit” it sounds fake, sort of like you are advocating and trying to be a lawyer. At a point it sounds phony and a bad attempt to exaggerate. So don’t do it; figure out another way to describe the answer to a question.

Enough of this for today, call us if we can help you with your personal injury or workers’ compensation case.

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Steve Lombardi
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