Five Winning Ways
Too often cases that could have been won are lost from lack of information. From the very beginning of every case, attorneys should be thinking about how to utilize a private investigator to win. Having all of the information before trial is a service to their clients and attorneys should NEVER settle or go to trial without it.
This should be a no-brainer, but often attorneys will skimp on hiring a private investigator or put it off until the last minute, which is far from ideal. Private investigators have specialized skills, training, and technology that will help you uncover the information that will WIN YOUR CASE.
5 Ways to Win More Cases by having ALL of the Information
Here are just five of the many ways having ALL of the information before your trial by utilizing the skills and resources of a private investigator will help you win more cases.
1. Knowing EVERYTHING about EVERY Witness
n preparation for trial, you want to know AS MUCH AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN about every opposing party and witness to show their lack of truth and veracity. Private investigators can not only unveil business and personal failings, but can also gain insight into the past of each witness and party including how often they file charges or testify against others and if their allegations have been exposed as false in the past. Private investigators have access to a breadth of skills and sophisticated technology unavailable to you. They know how to trace email systems, use the internet to obtain RELIABLE information, and surveil subjects without being discovered. This will add immeasurable strength to your case and strategy.
2. Verification of Expert Witness Credentials
Prior to testimony, whether the expert witness is yours or your opposition’s you want to make sure their credentials are legit. This takes in depth research and investigation into their prior testimonies and published articles. About half of all resumes contain lies–whether intentionally or unintentionally–and it’s easy to appear wrongfully credible simply through publication or having one’s name associated with a credible institution. Just as you don’t want to put someone on the stand as an expert witness who has questionable qualifications, if your opponent does…you want to know ALL the details.
3. Knowing the Relationship between the Opposing Attorney and the Judge
This aspect is especially important if you are hired as out-of-town counsel and have limited knowledge of the legal relationships in the locale of your trial. Knowing as much as you can about their history in and out of trial is your only way of knowing whether or not your case is actually winnable from the get go. Utilizing a private investigator’s skills to investigate this relationship is absolutely necessary since these parties are well versed in the consequences of their relationship were it to be uncovered. It is in your own and your client’s best interest to know as much as you can about EVERYONE you will be dealing with.
4. Clear Up Conflicting Statements
When dealing with conflicting witness statements, the only way to uncover the truth is to make sure that EVERY POSSIBLE WITNESS to the incident or accident is located and interviewed. For instance, when your client says that their vehicle accident was caused by something that occurred that is not listed on the police accident report a private investigator will contact any and all witnesses that were present to learn the truth. In addition, private investigators have an unbiased perspective on your case and are specially trained to conduct effective interviews. They know how to ask the exact right questions and how to phrase each one to extract the most valuable information. Does your client claim a set of facts on a criminal or civil case that can be verified through a neighborhood canvas, patrons at a public place, or other independent witnesses that need to be uncovered?
5. Verification of Real Damages
Oftentimes cases can be won simply by investigating the lives of the parties pressing charges to see if the damages they claim have actually occurred, especially in personal injury cases or workers compensation claims. For example, I investigated an insurance claimant who had already been paid $4 million for a brain injury and was expecting another payment. Through tracking his daily routine, we discovered he was managing and marketing a musical group and a hunting and fishing camp, as well as breeding and riding horses on his newly acquired horse farm. Had he the injuries he claimed, he would have been unable to do any of this. A trained and experienced private investigator can gather this information and document it for you without being discovered. They know how to take the kind of camera shorts with sharp images to support or break their testimonies. If the damages claimed don’t actually exist, you case is already won, but you need to have ALL the information.
The sooner you can get all the information the better prepared you will be for trial. You can expect minimal surprises and when they do arise you will be fully equipped to deal with them. You will have a breadth of material to draw from and understand the full scope of the case. Not only will utilizing a private investigator’s skills and expertise to gather all the information help you win more cases, it will make your job easier.