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Unfortunately, we cannot help every person who contacts our office. Our firm has made it our goal to help injury victims.  This means we handle cases which we believe we can successfully resolve favorably for our clients.  This also means we must decline representation at times.
In order to proceed on a personal injury case you must prove the following: liability, proximate cause and damages. If we do not prove all three of these items we lose at trial.  Attorneys invest time and money into every case they take on a contingent agreement.  We do not get paid if we do not win.  Therefore we must be selective in our representation.
Liability means that we must prove someone else is at fault. This can be difficult in slip in fall matters.  Just because you are hurt on someone else’s property does not mean they are legally responsible for causing your injuries and have to pay for your injuries.  We must prove they did something wrong.   An injured person can also be found part at fault and still recover money, unless a jury determines the injured person is more than half at fault for causing that injury.  The ability to prove liability depends on the specific facts of every case.
Damages include but are not limited to medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. These items are awarded a specific monetary amount.  In order to recover damages, we must prove the damages are a result of the crash, fall, or other event claimed.  This is called proximate cause.  It does not require the event to be the only or nearest cause.  Cases where someone has a prior injury can be difficult.  Also, older individuals often have degeneration or arthritis.  Insurance companies often try to use these non-painful prior conditions against injured people.  Damages and proximate cause must be proven through medical treatment.  Good medical treatment is therefore essential to proving our case.
We are proud to represent injury victims. We have helped thousands of them.  We cannot take every case that comes through our door, only cases where we can prove liability, causation and damages.  This sometimes upsets people.  We always advise potential clients that are not retained to seek a second opinion of another attorney, since they may view the facts differently.  Also, cases can change after our first appointment if the facts are determined to be different than we were advised.
It is our position that we would rather have a client leave disappointed after the first visit than find out later that we see problems that make their case unprovable. This means we take the time to discuss the case with the client at that first visit.  We never send a non-lawyer “investigator” to your home.  You meet with a partner of the firm. If you have been injured, contact our office for our honest opinion from one of the partners of our firm.   We assure you that you will always get our honest opinion on your case based on our history of handling thousands of injury cases just like yours.

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