This is a video in our LawTok series: Straight Talk with a Personal Injury Lawyer
Why do you charge so much? Why should I pay a third for an attorney? And the truth is, sometimes you shouldn’t. Sometimes you absolutely shouldn’t. For example, I’ve inherited clients from larger firms, or personal injury firms that have been around a hundred years, and it’s usually the son of a lawyer who took over for his father’s firm, who got that position by being born into it.
And I had a client come to me one time from this hundred-year-old firm. And he said, “They’re telling me all I can get is 12,500. I still have pain in my neck. I still have pain in my lower back. I’ve been treating. I’ve been doing everything they ask.” And I said, “Okay, I’m going to look at it.” Anytime someone comes to me from another attorney’s office, I say, “Go back and ask them the questions. They’re required to serve you and to inform you. Go back and ask them these questions. You need to be able to get ahold of them and to get this information. And if it doesn’t work out, come back and talk to me. I’ll help you. If you either get permission from them to talk to me or you go ahead and let them go, because they’re not answering your questions.”
But I had a guy come to me from this well-established firm. He said, “All they’re saying is I can get 12,500 for my claim. I’m still hurt. I can’t work as much.” He had his own business and was seeing less clients because of that. Because of his injury, he couldn’t quite get in. He was a mechanic, couldn’t quite get in to as many jobs underneath and he got to pry in there and get in the engine. And I said, “Okay, well, let me see what I can do.” It was a $50,000 policy. And the other attorney, once my new client released him, actually sent me a letter and was very upset, and said that there was no way I’d be able to get more than 12,500 out of it, and that I didn’t know what I was doing. And made some misstatements of law in his own letter to me.
And so, after correcting him, we then moved forward and secured a $45,000 settlement for our client, because we know what we’re doing. We do this every day. We’ve built up this business by serving hurt Kentuckians. We didn’t inherit it from anybody. I’m not here because my father was an attorney, my father’s father was an attorney. I’m here because I saw an opportunity to serve my hometown of Richmond, Kentucky, and to help hurt Kentuckians. It’s a vulnerable population and they’re constantly taken advantage of by the insurance companies. So I think it’s a calling and it’s an honor, and I am super thrilled to be able to help hurt Kentuckians.