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Lawyer's Edge
by Bruce L. Woodbury, Esq.
Jolley, Urga, Wirth, Woodbury & Standish

When the Client Cannot Remember What Happened

Over the past 230 years, the American legal system has established a civil court system for persons who are seriously injured in accidents to recover compensation from those whose negligence caused the harm.

A key determining factor in such cases is the testimony obtained from witnesses, as well as the physical evidence found at the scene of the accident. While police investigations and reports are valuable, they are not conclusive and are focused on possible violation of law rather than a determination of fault.

In recent years, I have represented several different clients whose injuries were such that they had no recollection of the accident or its immediate circumstances. Two of the accidents resulted in the death of our client’s family member. In almost every one of these cases, the conclusions of the police report were unfavorable to our client, who was unable to give his or her version of the facts to the investigating officer. However, despite our client’s inability to testify about what happened, in every one of these cases we obtained very good results. 

While each case is unique, all of these cases were successfully resolved as a result of a thorough investigation and an exhaustive evaluation of all available evidence in order to determine what really happened to cause the accident. These findings were then presented in a carefully crafted legal brief to the defendant’s liability insurance company or attorney.  Every such case was settled before trial, but only after convincing the other side that our client had a good chance of obtaining a favorable jury verdict.

Justice can be elusive, and truth is not always easy to find in the context of civil or criminal proceedings.  However, having an experienced and dedicated lawyer on your side is essential.

Bruce L. Woodbury is an attorney with the law firm of Jolley Urga Wirth Woodbury & Standish.  The firm has offices in Boulder City and Las Vegas. To contact Bruce, call him at 293-3674 or 699-7500, or visit his website at www.juwws.com.




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