How Does David Versus (vs.) Goliath Relate To Your Personal Injury And Accident Case?

by Aaron Gartlan

August 18, 2015 | Frequently Asked Questions

Alabamians and families that have been injured or lost a loved one due to the reckless, wanton and negligent conduct of an individual or corporation need not face the giant insurance company or industry giant alone. David did not face Goliath and his intimidating army alone, and you should not either. The Biblical principles, teachings and lessons of “David and Goliath” found in One (1) Samuel Seventeen (17) has always provided inspiration and guidance for Alabama personal injury attorneys Aaron Gartlan of the Gartlan Injury Law in Dothan. David is a true Biblical hero. He unexpectedly stepped up to protect his community after forty (40) days of intense intimidation by the giant warrior Goliath and his army. David was a humble and faithful shepherd deemed unfit for military service and faced vast criticism and taunting from his brothers and those around him, including the Giant his army and sword and shield bearer. The courage and faith demonstrated by David at this dangerous and critical time in his life has delivered encouragement in our lives and life’s work representing the injured. David rejected the king’s traditional combat methods, weapons and armor and was merely armed with a sling shot, his shepherd bag and five (5) smooth stones when he marched over to face Goliath. David knew that the traditional fighting techniques and attire would bog him down resulting in his demise, so he used unconventional methods that he learned protecting his flock from wild beasts of the forest to slay Goliath. Protected by the armor of God, David brought Goliath and his army down with the single stone flung from the shepherd’s sling. Every capable soldier in David’s community was naturally frightened by the sight of this huge giant warrior flanked by his well trained army. However, David rose up in faith and courage to protect his community and saw a target too big to miss. He realized God would guide and strengthen him and provide the power to hit the bull’s eye in one (1) shot!

Victory over the giants faced in injury and accident cases is obtain with a focused approach inspired by David consisting of early and thorough trial preparation from the very beginning in each and every case in an effort to prove and demonstrate liability, injuries and damages, overcome defenses, add value to the case to maximize recovery, address unsafe conditions and facilitate healing. This is of vital importance even in cases that do not require litigation, trial or the filing of a lawsuit. In many cases involving serious injury and death, retaining the services of the right medical, psychological, legal, financial, engineering, accident reconstruction, investigative, and other experts can help level the battle field against Goliath. The injury lawyer must expose giant corporations and industry giants that place value on profits and productivity at the expense of safety and human life. This puts the personal injury and accident lawyer and law firm in the best position to prove and demonstrate that full compensation in the case serves to protect the public by sending a message that people and businesses that violate rules and expose the public to unnecessary danger will be required to pay in full measure. This also serves to address and correct unsafe conditions, which protects the public.


Aaron Gartlan is a graduate of Troy University and the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law who focuses his practice exclusively on representing those injured by the wrongdoing of others. He is member of the National Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In addition to his legal practice, Aaron teaches Business Law as an adjunct instructor at Troy University’s Sorrell College of Business and serves as a field artillery sergeant in the Alabama National Guard.

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