Handling Forgetful Witnesses

Your Newport Beach personal injury attorney will look for signs that a witness is forgetful, such Newport Beach personal injury attorneyas the witness claiming that he or she does not remember. While this is an appropriate response if this assertion is true, it is not when the witness is lying to your Newport Beach personal injury attorney.

Truth vs. Lies
Based on the answers that the witness gives to your Newport Beach personal injury attorney, he or she will be able to tell whether the witness is actually having problems remembering. If your Newport Beach personal injury lawyer believes that the witness is credible, he or she may complete a process called “refreshing the witness’ recollection.”

Refreshing Recollection
This process allows a lawyer to show a witness a document or other piece of evidence in an attempt to jar the witness’ memory. The lawyer may hand the witness a piece of evidence and ask him or her to review it and identify it. After reading the information silently, the lawyer will then ask if the witness’ memory has been refreshed. If it has, the witness may alter his or her previous testimony. Another strategy of refreshing a witness’ testimony is by asking other questions and then circling back to the previous topic with which the witness experienced difficulty remembering.

If you would like help with your personal injury case and the examination of witnesses, contact a personal injury lawyer from Russell & Lazarus APC by calling 949-851-0222 and scheduling a confidential consultation regarding your case.

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