The injury attorney has an obligation to the client and the court of law to maintain at all times a respectful attitude. He has the right to present his case as he sees fit, with energy and vigor. He also has the duty to object to rulings which he feels are in error. However, while doing this he is not to offend the referee and be contemptuous of him. He has the remedy of appeal. He will undoubtedly appear before the same referee on another day with other cases. His personal display of lack of esteem will surely prejudice his company’s position and impair his own efficiency.
The lawyer must conscientiously abide by every agreement and fulfill every arrangement made with the board or commission, formal or informal. There is an element of trust that underscores the personal relationship. An insurance company’s representative cannot afford to be found wanting in this respect. In the same way he must never seem to mislead the referee by making false statements, by misquoting the contents of statements, reports or any papers in his possession.
He must never cite improperly the language of a court decision. He must never cite improperly the language of a court decision. Once a hearing man is stamped with the mark of dishonesty and insincerity he will not soon again enjoy the confidence of those with whom he must associate in doing his job. The duties of a hearing man can be read on both sides of the coin. He owes his insurance company employer the same degree of fairness and honesty that he must display to the judicial and quasi-judicial tribunals before whom he appears. He must correctly and honestly advice his office upon the true state of a case and not attempt to mislead those he serves.
An attorney must not abuse the authority that is given him. He must not make any alterations in any hospital record or any document; or antedate any paper in his file. His own feelings in regard to a case or a legal point are not the final considerations. Essentially, he is an advocate. It is irrelevant if he disagrees, for example, with the soundness of a controversy. He is under no obligation to argue against his own case. He must still present every point in support of the controversy as well as cite every authority in favor of it.
Before any compensation case or hearing for any personal injury case takes place, it would be ideal to go for legal advice. The experienced injury attorney will help you acquire just compensation for your injuries.