A study published yesterday in The Archives of Internal Medicine, reached the conclusion that doctors’ disclosures about themselves fail to either help patients or establish rapport with the patients. Rather, the study showed that many doctors waste patients’ time and lose their focus in office visits by interjecting irrelevant information about themselves. 

The researchers started with the hypothesis that some self-disclosure by physicians had  a potentially positive aspect to building a doctor-patient relationship.  To their surprise, patients were not comforted and conversations got off track. Four out of five times when a doctor interjected personal information, the doctor never returned to the topic under discussion before the interruption. However, the researchershope that  doctors do not conclude that the best course is to clam up completely about themselves.

I wonder if this is also applicable to lawyers’ interviews with clients, and if I should cut out some of the personal conversation about personal experiences that seem — to me at least — relevant to a client’s situation.  However, in the long duration of most of my cases, I still think there is value in developing genuine friendship with clients that goes beyond the nuts and bolts of litigation.

The Shigley Law Firm  represents plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases statewide in Georgia, and in other states subject to the multijurisdictional practice and pro hac vice rules in each state. Ken Shigley was designated as a "SuperLawyer" in Atlanta Magazine and one of the "Legal Elite" in Georgia Trend Magazine. He is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Chair of the Southeastern Motor Carrier Liability Institute and former chair of the Georgia Insurance Law Institute. He particularly focuses on cases arising from truck wrecks and accidents (tractor trailers truck wrecks, semi truck wrecks,18 wheeler truck wrecks, big rig truck wrecks, log truck wrecks, dump truck wrecks.