News & opinion Episode #4: Litigation is where it is at!

Episode #4: Litigation is where it is at!

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shley

od

iguez : 0:36

Hey,

elcome b

ck to the podc

st. Tod

y

e'

e gonn

be t

lking

bout litig

tion.

nd

e h

ve

speci

l guest

ith us tod

y. J

son

uen : 0:43 Good

fte

noon. Ho

e you doing tod

y?

shley

od

iguez : 0:46

I’m doing good. Ho

bout you?

J

son

uen : 0:47

P

etty

ell, p

etty

ell.

h

t do you do he

e?

ell, my n

me is J

son

uen.

nd I’m the he

d of the litig

tion dep

tment he

e

t Ste

t Guss.

shley

od

iguez : 0:54

h

t does th

t me

n?

h

t kind of l

is th

t? J

son

uen : 0:58 So he

e

t Ste

t Gusss

e pctice pe

son

l inju

y l

,

hich me

ns

hen somebody gets hu

t,

nd it's the f

ult of somebody else, they need

n

tto

ney to help them n

vig

te those te

s,

e'

e he

e fo

them. My job is

s the he

d of the litig

tion deptment is,

lot of the times these cl

ims c

n be t

ken ce of befo

e t

i

l h

ppens befo

e

lsuit needs to be filed. But the

e

e

lot of times in

hich

e

ctu

lly h

ve to file suit on these c

ses.

nd th

t's th

t’s

he

e my dep

tment comes in.

e file suit pe

son

l inju

y c

ses th

t h

ve no othe

me

ns, typic

lly, to get the client

h

t they need to get thei

ecove

y.

shley

od

iguez : 1:39

Ye

h, so ou

p

evious episode,

e t

lked

bout the p

e litig

tion dep

tment p

t

nd then

nd so you

he

d of the litig

tion deptment,

ight. So the next steps b

sic

lly?

J

son

uen : 1:49

Th

t's coect. Th

t’s co

ect.

nd typic

lly, the life of the c

se

ill go th

ough. Once they cont

ct us. Somebody h

s been hu

t, they don’t kno

h

t to do. Typic

lly

hen they c

ll us, it’s one of the

o

st d

ys of thei

life, they’

e confused, they'

e hu

t. They don't knohich di

ection to go.

nd pt of ou

job

s pe

son

l inju

y

tto

neys is to

ssist them

nd help them

nd guide them.

lot of th

t p

ocess t

kes pl

ce in the p

e litig

tion ph

se of the c

se, but sometimes

e h

ve to immedi

tely t

ke it into litig

tion. Th

t’s unusu

l, but it does h

ppen. it’s mo

e likely th

t

ftee've

ttempted to get the client t

ken ce of befo

e suit needs to be filed, th

t the c

se is settled,

nd then

e c

n move on. But

lot of times

e h

ve to file suit bec

use fo

v

ious

e

sons, the defend

nt might not be t

king

esponsibility. o

the

e might be

dispute on li

bility.

nd the only

y to

e

lly figu

e it out is to put it in f

ont of 12 people

ho e gonn

judge it

nd give us the ve

dict.

shley

od

iguez : 2:48 Got it?

hy pe

son

l inju

y l fo

you o

did you just f

ll into it o

do you h

ve

p

ssion?

J

son

uen : 2:55

Th

t's

g

e

t question. I

ctu

lly

ent to l school to be

c

imin

l

tto

ney. I

nted to be

p

osecuting

tto

ney

nd th

t’s

he

e my p

ssion h

d led me.

nd

hen I

s in l

school I kept ultim

tely

hen it comes do

n to it, I h

te

bullying. L School sho

ed me

lot mo

e

bout the

o

ld th

n I expected. I

o

ked fo

lot of diffe

ent l fi

ms in l

school, I got to see

lot of diffe

ent types of l

.

nd one th

t did

ppe

l to me

s pe

son

l inju

y l. It is the ultim

te sto

y of the pe

son th

t gets hu

t

nd needs help,

nd th

t it s c

lled to me. So I’m

pe

son

l inju

y

tto

ney

t het bec

use I like to help people

nd bec

use I h

te

bully.

Int

o : 3:32 Excuse me. Do you help me?

shley

od

iguez : 3:34

Ye

h, I me

n, th

t's

g

e

t

e

son to be in it. So b

e

k do

n ex

ctly. the litig

tion p

ocess, like

fte

?

J

son

uen : 3:45

Ok

y, so,

e use the te

m litig

tion to me

n eve

ything th

t h

ppens in

c

se once

lsuit h

s been filed. So th

t me

ns th

t

e h

ve litelly filed

l

suit

ith

cou

t th

t me

ns th

t

petition o

compl

int h

s been c

e

ted th

t is l

ys out the

e

sons fo

in ou

situ

tion, ou

clients inju

y l

ys out

ho's

t f

ult fo

it

nd

he

e they c

n be found.

nd then,

fte

petition h

s been filed,

e

ill send it out fo

se

vice

nd

p

ocess se

veill t

y to find the defend

nt

nd get them se

ved to b

ing them in the l

suit.

nd they h

ve

n oppo

tunity to

ns

e

the c

se. Typic

lly,

h

t h

ppens is the individu

l it's se

ved

ill tende

his offense to his insu

nce comp

ny

ho

ill p

ovide him

ith

n

tto

ney.

nd th

t

tto

ney,

e'll t

ke it f

om the

e.

nd then moving fod. The

e’ll be

discove

y ph

se in

hich ou

client h

s to

ns

e

questions

nd the defend

nt h

s to

ns

e

questions, depositions, heings h

ppen on v

ious thei

vious guments eithe

on discove

y motions o

on othe

motions to kind of p

i

do

n

h

t the t

i

ls

ctu

lly going to be

bout,

nd then the t

i

l h

ppens.

nd th

t's kind of

n hopefully

t the end of the d

y,

t the end of the t

i

l, the

e’s

ve

dict th

t suppo

ts ou

ve

sion of the c

se

nd gets to

ecove

y fo

ou

client.

shley

od

iguez : 5:14

nd so

e t

lked

bout the defend

nt.

nd so yes,

e

e kind of suing th

t defend

nt, but

e'

e

e

lly suing the insu

nce

nd so th

t’s

hy they p

ovide them

lye

,

ight? J

son

uen : 5:24 Um, so

bsolutely not.

shley

od

iguez : 5:25 No J

son

uen : 5:26

e’

e

bsolutely suing

n individu

l o

comp

ny. The issue is,

nd this is p

ticul

ly the c

se in Tex

s, tech, Tex

s is not

di

ect

ction st

te,

hich me

ns if somebody, fo

ex

mple gets hit by

d

ive

,

nd th

t d

ive

h

s

llst

te Insunce,

nd

llst

te

efuses to m

ke

n offe

o

h

s m

de

te

ibly lo

offe

, bec

use th

t’s typic

l follst

te to do. Then

e don't get to sue

llst

te.

llst

te is hiding behind the d

ive

so

e get to sue the defend

nt, bec

use it’s

e

lly the defend

nts f

ult

nd then

llst

te is

equi

ed by contct l to p

ovide him

ith

n

tto

ney. But ultim

tely the pe

son th

t's going to settle the c

se is not going to be in th

t situ

tion. It’s not gonn

be the defend

nt, it’s not going to be his

tto

ney, it’s going to be the

llst

te

djusteho holds

ll the money. So the

e

l client in th

t situ

tion fo

th

t defense

tto

ney is not in

g

in, this is ethic

lly it's the defend

nt. But if you look

t

ho p

ys him, it's the insunce comp

ny

nd the insunce

djuste

tells him

h

t to do. Th

t is not the c

se in eve

y single situ

tion. But it's the c

se often enough th

t I like to m

ke su

e th

t

e h

ve th

t distinction he

e. Some people th

t do not h

ve insu

nce comp

nies, fo

ex

mple,

ill p

y fon

tto

ney out of thei

pocket. Some people th

t e self insu

ed,

hich me

ns they h

ve

lot of funds

ill p

y fo

n

tto

ney out of thei

pocket. Some comp

nies do th

t. But the v

st m

jo

ity of the time the defense

tto

ney is essenti

lly hi

ed by

n insunce comp

ny o

m

ybe

o

ks fo

th

t insu

nce comp

ny. Th

t’s not the c

se in fo

ex

mple, oh,

nd it’s ve

y impo

t

nt to point out he

e, th

t the ju

y doesn’t get to kno

th

t. They don’t get to kno

th

t the

tto

ney on the othe

side is

ctu

lly

o

king follst

te, fo

ex

mple.

shley

od

iguez : 7:08 Oh

e

lly! J

son

uen : 7:10 They only kno

th

t he's

n

tto

ney,

nd he's

ep

esenting the defend

nt.

nd the

e’s

lot of

ules

bout

hethe

o

not th

t info

m

tion c

n come in o

not come in. So in most in

h

t

ill c

ll distinguish bet

een

thi

d p

ty c

se,

hich is

h

t

e've been t

lking

bout,

nd

fi

st p

ty c

se in

hich you c

n sue

n insu

nce comp

ny in Tex

s,

nt to be ve

y cle he

e. It’s

diffe

ent

ule. In Louisi

n

, fo

ex

mple, Louisi

n

, you get hit by

n

llst

te d

ive

, you c

n sue

llst

te

long

ith the d

ive

. C

n’t do th

t in Tex

s, you c

n only do th

t if it’s you

insunce comp

ny. Th

t's not giving you

s

tisf

cto

y settlement.

shley

od

iguez : 7:44

Gotch

. J

son

uen : 7:45

nd in th

t situ

tion, you could sue th

t insunce comp

ny, but it’s

h

t

e

efe

to

s

fi

st p

ty c

se.

nd it’s

little bit diffe

ent, but it’s the s

me b

sic ide

. Th

t c

se St

te F

m o

llst

te

ould sho

up

nd defend the l

suit

ith theitto

ney.

shley

od

iguez : 8:01 So

h

t do you think e the benefits of

ctu

lly going to t

i

l? If you c

n’t

g

ee on

settlement in p

e litig

tion. J

son

uen : 8:09 One of the m

in

e

sons th

t you go to t

i

l is bec

use the insu

nce

djuste

o

the defend

nt h

s not v

lued the c

se coectly, o

is offe

ing y too little money to the client to get them t

ken c

e of. So th

t's

n th

t's

p

imy

e

son th

t people

ould end up filing

l

suit bec

use the

e’s no othe

y to do it. I c

n’t m

ke

n

djuste

look

t

c

se

nd go, Oh, ye

h, th

t’s

ctu

lly v

lued in

pp

op

i

tely,

e h

ve to offe

you mo

e money. Even though it's obvious f

om the evidence, th

t's the c

se,

h

t h

s to h

ppen is th

t you h

ve to t

ke it out of thei

h

nds

nd you h

ve to put in the h

nds of 12 people pulled it

ndom f

om the community

nd h

ve them decide

h

t the c

se is v

lued

t

h

t h

ve them decide

h

t the inju

y is

o

th,

nd h

ve them decide

h

t the p

in

nd suffe

ing fo

my client is

o

th in

monety y.

nd th

t's

ve

y difficult thing

nd it’s

ve

y impo

t

nt thing th

t

e h

ve

ju

y th

t c

n do th

t. Most of the time, the ju

ies do

g

e

t job of this, they

ill look

t

c

se

nd they

ill

pply

common sense.

nd they'll come up

ith p

etty much

h

t

e think is the co

ect

esult. Sometimes they don't.

nd th

t's pt of the

isk inhe

ent in litig

tion.

shley

od

iguez : 9:20 Ye

h,

e t

lked

bout th

t

little bit

ith B

ntley

nd p

elit. Th

t, you kno

, you t

y to h

ve the settlement bec

use it c

n then be out of you

h

nds

t th

t point

hen you go to t

i

l,

nd then you’

e just kind of hoping th

t the ju

y gets it

ight.

J

son

uen : 9:36

nd th

t’s, th

t's

he

e th

t

o

d comes f

om settling. It's

settlement bec

use you'

e both settling fo

th

t numbe

.

lot of the times th

t even once

e file

c

se,

e

ill end up getting

settlement befo

e it goes to t

i

l. The v

st m

jo

ity of the time

ctu

lly is

ill settle

c

se befo

e it goes to t

i

l bec

use

fte

enough discove

y h

s been done. enough info

m

tion h

s been

eve

led enough evidence h

s been put out the

e

nd the the unive

se of

h

t the t

i

l

ith the ju

ies is going to look

t, it’s

e

lly n

o

ed. They don’t get to t

ke considetion eve

ything. They only get to t

ke into considetion the things th

t ou

p

ocess

llo

s them to look

t. Fo

ex

mple, I mentioned th

t they don’t get to kno

th

t the

e's

n insu

nce comp

ny out the

e th

t's

ctu

lly going to p

y the judgment. They get to think it’s th

t, fo

ex

mple, little

l

dy

ho

n

ed light

nd hit my client

ho’s

stpping young guy,

nd m

de him h

ve su

ge

y.

ell, the ju

y is gonn

look

t th

t

nd they only get to l

st. Ye

h, they’

e gonn

look

nd I h

d this c

se not th

t long

go,

he

e I

e

lly h

d this

onde

ful little l

dy

ho p

ob

bly need to get he

eyes checked

g

in, n ed light

nd sm

shed into my client

nd essenti

lly put him into

bout it

s

bout eight months of thepy

nd t

e

tments

nd su

ge

y, they h

d to cut him out of his c

ith the js of life. But this is onde

ful,

onde

fully p

esent

ble, little l

dy th

t I’m going to h

ve to get in f

ont of

ju

y

nd beg h

ve them fo

money.

shley

od

iguez : 11:01

nd they think it's f

om he

, J

son

uen : 11:03

nd they think it’s f

om he

.

shley

od

iguez : 11:04 But she's been p

ying fo

he

insu

nce fo

e

son.

J

son

uen : 11:06

They don’t kno

th

t she’s got

million doll insunce policy, bec

use this isn’t he

fi

st

eck. They don’t get to kno

th

t.

nd

lot of times if they kne

th

t they’d come to

diffe

ent decision, but th

t's pt of the p

ocesses, th

t ou

system is designed to limit info

m

tion th

t m

y o

m

y not h

ve

n effect on the c

se, bec

use

h

t they

nt the ju

y to conside

is only the f

cts of the c

se,

Int

o : 11:31 Excuse me, Is th

t leg

l? J

son

uen : 11:34

nd keep out

ny extneous bi

ses th

t might

ffect it.

nd the f

ct th

t she h

d

million doll policy

ould

bsolutely h

ve

ffected in the minds of some of those ju

o

s. But th

t’s p

t of the p

ocess. So th

t c

se did not go to t

i

l, bec

use the insu

nce comp

ny c

me up

ith enough of

n offe

th

t my client

s

illing

illing to settle fo

it

g

in, bec

use of the d

nge

of going to t

i

l

ith the little l

dy. Ex

ctly.

shley

od

iguez : 11:59

I think th

t's just thing is

s pe

son

l inju

y lye

s

e get, you kno

, the

hole

mbul

nce ch

sing thing bec

use

e’

e ch

sing the little old l

dies fo

money. But you kno

, J

son

uen : 12:09 Ye

h, th

t's th

t’s p

t of the p

ocess.

lot of people go into

ju

y

ith

bi

s

g

inst pl

intiff’s

tto

neys bec

use they've seen the comme

ci

ls they've seen the the

e

lly neg

tive

ds th

t

e out the

e. Eve

ybody’s he

d of McDon

ld's c

se, fo

ex

mple, th

t'd be

g

e

t thing to t

ke

look

t in depth on

l

te

sho

is th

t McDon

ld's c

se is

g

e

t ex

mple people th

t

ctu

lly don't knoh

t h

ppened, th

t h

ve m

de

decision b

sed upon info

m

tion put out the

e by co

po

te inte

ests by insunce comp

nies to

e

lly colo

l

dy.

shley

od

iguez : 12:39

Th

t coffee s hot. J

son

uen : 12:40 It s hot enough to give he

thi

d deg

ee bu

ns on he

genit

ls. Th

t’s ho

hot th

t coffee

s.

nd the

e

s

numbe

of othe

spects to th

t c

se th

t e f

scin

ting, but, but th

t kind of goes b

ck to

he

e I come f

om.

s

pe

son

l inju

y

tto

ney. My job is to punch bullies in the teeth

nd the

e e no bigge

bullies out the

e th

n the insu

nce comp

nies. They you e not in good h

nds. They

e not out to p

otect you. They e out the

e to p

ovide money fo

thei

sho

e sh

eholde

s.

nd th

t's th

t’s p

etty much

he

e

e come in

nd

e m

ke su

e th

t

t some point they don’t get to m

ke the decision

nymo

e.

ju

y does.

shley

od

iguez : 13:14

Ye

h, the

e’s

buffe

in bet

een. Um, so do

ll pe

son

l inju

y l fi

ms h

ve

litig

tion deptment?

nd

hy do you think it's impo

t

nt fo

us to h

ve one J

son

uen : 13:24

nd you me

n othe

l

fi

ms

shley

od

iguez : 13:26

ctu

lly, ye

h, they go,

ell, they get

t

i

l o

do they just settle?

J

son

uen : 13:30

It’s

g

e

t question. Th

t’s

nothe

g

e

t question. So I’ve been doing this fo

bout 10 ye

s. I’ve

o

ked fo

numbe

of diffe

ent l

fi

ms.

nd I’ve been ve

y much in the mino

ity in

hich the fi

m’s I’ve

o

ked fo

e

ll litig

tion fi

ms. So th

t the th

t I

ould s

y th

t most pe

son

l inju

y fi

ms do not h

ve

litig

tion

m.

lot do

nd

lot of solo pctitione

s do, but

lot

lot. It’s it’s h

d fo

me to put into numbe

s but it’s

ve

y impo

t

nt component, in my opinion of

pe

son

l inju

y fi

m th

t you h

ve

litig

tion. Th

t you c

n t

ke it

ll the y.

shley

od

iguez : 14:11

So th

t'd be

good question fo

you to

sk

hen you'

e hi

ing

l

ye

o pe

son

l inju

y l

ye

is do you h

ve

litig

tion dep

tment?

e you

illing to t

ke it

ll the y to t

i

l? If I decide th

t.

J

son

uen : 14:20

hen s you

l

st t

i

l?

hen

s the l

st time you took

c

se to ve

dict? Those

e questions

e took

c

se of ve

dict this

eek, fo

ex

mple, those e the c

ses those

e the fi

m's th

t

ctu

lly c

n

dd

lot of benefit to you

c

se, simply bec

use the insu

nce comp

nies e in the business of tcking info

m

tion. They e th

t’s

h

t they do.

nd they tck the

tto

neys th

t go to th

t go to t

i

l

nd those th

t do not. They tck the

tto

neys th

t settle befo

e t

i

l

nd those th

t do not. They tck the

tto

neys th

t h

ve o

de

ed c

ll in Tex

s to

e

s ve

tix

nd those th

t do not. So you h

ve to h

ve, in my opinion,

s

10 ye

p

cticing

tto

ney they don’t Those pe

son

l ent

ies in Tex

s you h

ve to h

ve

litig

tion

m to

e

lly get the best benefit fo

you

clients in p

e litig

tion, not just in litig

tion, but in p

e litig

tion to no one is going to settle you

c

se

ith you fo

million doll

s if you don’t h

ve

l

fi

m th

t c

n get

million doll

plus ve

dict.

shley

od

iguez : 15:23

Th

t's

ve

y good point. So, um, is the

e

diffe

ence bet

een like going to t

i

l

ith like

c

ccident ve

sus

slip

nd f

ll like the

e's

diffe

ent

mount of time th

t things t

ke?

J

son

uen : 15:35

ell, ye

h, it’s yes

nd no,

t

i

l c

n l

sts.

nd

e’

e t

lking

bout specific t

i

ls.

co

ect c

se. Th

t’s ve

y simple

ith one defend

nt, one pl

intiff, ve

y cle li

bility. No, not

lot of docto

s involved in it might be

n

fte

noon. It might t

ke me five hou

s to put th

t up the

e

nd get it to the ju

y

nd the ju

y to

ule on it o

might t

ke t

o

eeks,depending on the difficulty of ho

m

ny expe

ts do e needed, ho

difficult

s li

bility s it sn't

n 18

heele

th

t n into this pe

son.

nd not only is the 18

heele

d

ive

t f

ult, but his comp

ny’s

t f

ult fo

m

king him d

ive fo

20 hou

s stight

nd the b

okeho'd got him the contct to delive

might be

t f

ult might might h

ve be some

esponsibility

nd m

ybe the lo

d s Miss lo

d, m

ybe the

e

s

p

oblem

ith the lo

d itself,

nd m

ybe

e need to b

ing those people

nd the

e might be tons of diffe

ent defend

nts in

pe

son

l inju

y c

se, in eithe

not just

moto

vehicle c

se, but

p

emises li

bility c

se,

hich is the slip

nd f

ll c

se th

t you just mentioned, p

emises li

bility is kind of

def

ult fo

non moto

vehicle c

ses. It might be

dog bite c

se, fo

ex

mple. Those e p

etty st

ightfo

d

nd simple. But it might be ve

y complic

ted if you, fo

ex

mple, t

ipped on

piece of m

te

i

l th

t s sticking out of

p

king lot.

ell,

hy

s the m

te

i

l sticking out? s it the f

ult of the o

ne

s of the p

king lot?

s it the f

ult of the m

n

gement comp

ny, the p

king lot

sn’t the f

ult of the const

uction c

e

th

t c

me out the

e did some

o

k

nd didn’t cle

n up

fte

themselves,

ho

s

t f

ult fo

th

t?

nd I might h

ve to do

lot of discove

y to figu

e th

t out.

nd it might t

ke fou

o

five d

ys oeeks to get to th

t in f

ont of

ju

y, bec

use the impo

t

nt p

t is does the ju

y unde

st

nd

h

t's going on? C

n they sift th

ough the f

cts

nd

ll the smoke th

t's being put up by the defense to come up to the

e

l

ns

e

? Hmm.

nd th

t’s

e

lly the question, ho

long is th

t going to t

ke?

nd ho

long is the judge c

n give us to get get th

t ju

y to th

t point?

shley

od

iguez : 17:44

Ye

h. So you

e

lly just depends on the c

se.

nd it could t

ke

hile, just depending on the evidence.

J

son

uen : 17:49

Ye

h, it's I think, one of the longest c

ses I’ve he

d of is, I think you’

e looking

t like ext

emely difficult c

ses in the m

ss to

ts

en

, o

the like the Viox c

ses, c

ses

g

inst in p

oducts li

bility o

the upcoming c

ses

ith the phm

ceutic

l comp

nies, the tob

cco comp

nies, thei

month long t

i

ls, they'

e months

nd months

nd months of t

i

ls befo

e you get to the ve

dict

t the end of the d

y.

shley

od

iguez : 18:18

lot mo

e pl

intiffs

nd defend

nts.

J

son

uen : 18:20

Ye

h, it could it could be th

t it could be the f

ct th

t the issues

e so complex, th

t you'

e going to h

ve to educ

te the ju

y on scientific components th

t the 12

ndom people th

t e in the community h

ve no ide

. So they h

ve to le

n th

t you h

ve to te

ch them th

t they h

ve to unde

st

nd it in such

y th

t they c

n

pply those f

cts to the situ

tion th

t’s in f

ont of them

nd come to the

pp

op

i

te

esponse.

nd th

t's it's not

simple thing. It’s not

n e

sy thing.

nd

g

in, it's

e

shley

od

iguez : 18:52 H

ve to be

ble to h

ve

n educ

ted decision.

J

son

uen : 18:54

bsolutely. If you'

e not educ

ting you

ju

y, then you

ju

y is gonn

come to the

ong decision. Ide

lly, you'

e getting given the

ight info

m

tion in it, it come to the

ight decision.

shley

od

iguez : 19:06 So do you think the

e’s

nything else

e should kno

bout pe

son

l inju

y litig

tion?

J

son

uen : 19:14

Ye

h, the

e’s

unive

se of info

m

tion out the

e

bout

h

t goes into it. It isn’t the simplest thing to t

lk

bout. But

nybody th

t’s

e

lly eithe

conside

ing th

t

s, Oh, I

s just in I

q, I need to sue this to sue the guy.

ell,

emembe

,

hen you ente

into litig

tion, you’

e opening you

self up. You

e putting you

life into the conve

s

tion

ith the judge, the defense

tto

ney.

lot of my clients think, fo

ex

mple, th

t they shouldn’t get to kno

things th

t h

ppened to me in the p

st, like, m

ybe 10 yes

go, you did something stupid, he

ent to j

il.

ell,

nd you’

e not th

t pe

son

nymo

e.

ell in

pe

son

l inju

y l

suit o

civil lsuit

lot of times th

t info

m

tion

ill be found out.

nd so long

s you don’t lie

bout it, it might not eve

get in f

ont of the ju

y. Especi

lly if it's not

elev

nt. Th

t’s the

ule one. It's you don't b

ing in f

cts th

t

e not

elev

nt. But not being t

uthful

bout th

t f

ct

bsolutely comes in eve

y single time.

shley

od

iguez : 20:19 Bec

use then they’

e beginning

p

tte

n of not being t

uth. J

son

uen : 20:22

ell, it m

kes you

s

itness be unbeliev

ble.

nd if you

e not believ

ble

s

itness, then the ju

y gets to kno

th

t

nd they

ill punish th

t eve

y single time. So the most impo

t

nt thing I c

n tell

nybody th

t might h

ve

pe

son

l inju

y cl

im o

pe

son

l inju

y l

suit, is you’ve got to be 100% honest

ith youtto

ney. Bec

use if you e not, it's going to come b

ck to bite you.

nd the defense

tto

ney is going to figu

e it out. Th

t is

h

t they get p

id fo

. They get p

id to figu

e out the sec

ets th

t you'

e hiding. Th

t's going to h

ppen so you’ve got to let you

pe

son

l inju

y

tto

ney kno

. Otheise, you'

e going to get blindsided in the

oom

t the

o

st possible time.

shley

od

iguez : 21:01

ell

nd th

t’s impo

t

nt to hi

e someone th

t you t

ust. So th

t

y you c

n be honest

ith them,

nd then go fod

nd t

ust th

t they c

n do

h

t they c

n do to keep th

t out. J

son

uen : 21:10 Hund

ed pe

cent 100%. You've got to h

ve

el

tionship

ith you

tto

ney th

t you t

ust th

t they

e looking out fo

you

best inte

est

nd you’

e going to t

ust them

lot of info

m

tion, just you

medic

l info

m

tion, but you

histo

y

nd you

desi

es

nd ho

the incident h

s

ffected you

life in

g

in, I'm in this

ole, t

lking

ith people th

t e going th

ough

nd

lot of c

ses the

o

st thing th

t h

s eve

h

ppened to them in thei

life.

nd I t

ke th

t s

n

ll of us he

e

t Ste

t Guss t

ke th

t

s

ve

y, ve

y c

itic

l

esponsibility. Th

t is ou

job is to t

ke c

e of these people. Bec

use, you kno

, th

t's

hy

e'

e in the business.

shley

od

iguez : 21:50

l

ight,

ell, th

nk you, J

son, fo

being on ou

sho

tod

y.

J

son

uen : 21:54

My ple

su

e. Th

nk you fo

h

ving me.

shley

od

iguez : 21:55

ll

ight.

e'll see you

ll next time.

 

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