In part one (1) of this installment, our personal injury and accident trial lawyers at the Gartlan Injury Law outline seven (7) secrets of how Goliath will probe your armor in an effort to minimize or deny your claim. We are glad you have joined us and hope that you will learn from and enjoy this writing. As always, feel free to call on us.
1. Goliath hopes you believe the hype that personal injury lawyers are greedy.
Goliath taunts attorneys in all sorts of ways. He called them lazy, unnecessary, greedy and a variety of other adjectives, none of them pleasant. Goliath will try to convince you of his position, in the hope of diminishing your resistance to fight back.
2. Goliath will try to “refute” your suffering.
The would-be liable insurer may tell you that you are not entitled to compensation because of a medical problem you suffered prior to (or long after) the accident. They may tell you that you are not entitled to claim pain and suffering or obtain a recovery for certain types of medical bills. If you suffered a “major” injury, they will try to diminish your claim. And if you suffered a “minor” injury, they may try to deny the claim altogether. It goes on and on like this. Goliath has a nearly endless number of tools to use in his war of attrition against you.
3. Goliath will negotiate like a poker pro.
Goliath will try to smooth talk you:
- “You won’t get a better offer than this”
- “Feel free to reject out offer – we will see you at arbitration or court”
- “Yeah, sure, you can go to an Alabama personal injury law firm. But after your lawyer takes his commission, you will wish you had taken what we are offering you now.”
- “We have conducted a thorough analysis of your surgical bills and other medical costs, and we are willing to give you a little less than 50%.”
Look: insurance companies have played this game hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands times before. You are playing for the first time. It’s not a fair fight. Goliath’s skills at this kind of poker are superlatively good. He can practically see your hand, while you can’t see any of his cards.
Who would you bet on?
Our personal injury and accident trial lawyers at the Gartlan Injury Law hope you learned from and enjoyed part one (1) outline seven (7) secrets of how Goliath will probe your armor in an effort to minimize or deny your claim. We are glad you have joined us and invite you to continue to follow our writing. We welcome your calls, messages, emails and visits.
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.