I. THE CLIENT INTERVIEW
During our first meeting with you we clarify the attorney client relationship and explain the attorney fees involved in the case. Our review of the facts of your case is conducted in complete confidentiality, and we begin our initial meeting with a view toward preparing your case for trial and a result-oriented representation. At this initial stage, and throughout the preparation of your case, we are available to answer any questions you may have regarding your case and the legal process.
II. LIFE CARE PLAN
Obtaining financial compensation for your injury is an important goal, but in catastrophic and serious injury cases, it is only part of the full legal services we strive to provide. We are committed to utilizing everything at our disposal to help you maintain dignity and to anticipate your future needs. As a part of our full-service approach, we assist you in obtaining what you need in order to continue on in your life as successfully and comfortably as possible. This includes consultation with a Certified Life Care Planner. Such planners coordinate with medical, rehabilitation, and economic experts, to calculate and accommodate the total, overall cost of your lifetime needs.
III. DAY IN THE LIFE
The trier of fact at trial, or the insurance company representatives evaluating your case, needs to know your individual story: who you were prior to the injury, and what it is you are going to have to live with after the injury. Of course, we, as your attorneys, must be sensitive to your needs and realize every way in which you have been affected by the traumatic event. But it is also essential that the other parties responsible for your injuries appreciate the intensity of the medical issues you face on a daily basis. They must be made to feel the intense human emotions which follow your specific serious injury.The most effective way we know to convey a complete picture of the consequences an accident has had on your life, is to recreate to the fullest extent possible what life is presently like for you, your family, and your caregivers in an audio/visual testimonial format. This has proven to be a very successful element of the injured party’s personal injury case.
IV. SETTLEMENT VIDEOS
A settlement video is another medium we employ, when an entire “Day in the Life” video may not be necessary.The settlement video tells the story of your injury. Often it includes interviews of a wide range of people such as the police, EMS responders, firefighters, doctors, nurses, care-givers, family members, friends, teachers, coworkers and yourself.The settlement video helps resolve cases at arbitration, mediation, and settlement conferences prior to trial.They assist insurance companies in understanding the strength of your case, resulting in added value to your case.
V. QUALIFIED EXPERTS
Effective preparation of your case may require strategic selection and coordination of the most qualified experts, as part of our proof that other parties are responsible for your injuries.It is often necessary to employ engineering, construction, medical, and scientific professionals to assist in the preparation of your case and to demonstrate who is at fault and why, and the extent of your damages. Within the team of those general fields of experts there also may be many sub-specialists.It is our aim to find the most knowledgeable expert(s) available to effectively investigate and testify about the issues specific to your case.
VI. FOCUS GROUPS
If the case does not settle prior to trial, the final stage of preparation is to arrange a presentation of the elements of your case, with yourself as a witness, before a focus group, as if it were before an actual jury. This is an excellent “dress rehearsal” for the actual trial, and helps you to feel much more comfortable testifying in court. A focus group provides us with information on the psychological elements of trial, including likely group dynamics of the jury, which gives us additional information on the strengths and weaknesses of each issue of your case. Then we incorporate such information into our trial preparation, to sharpen the testimony of witnesses and finalize the opening statements, and to further organize the testimony, evidence, and exhibits for trial before a jury.