Shepherding The Client In A Personal Injury And Accident Case: Steps Of Guidance From The Start Of The Battle To The End

by Aaron Gartlan

April 30, 2015 | Lawsuits

David did some of his best work protecting his flock from the dangers that lurked around. He was a humble shepherd and took great pride in that. This served him well in his epic fight against the mighty Goliath. The personal injury and accident trial lawyer also does some of the most valuable work in the capacity of a “shepherd” by guiding and protecting clients through the mine fields of personal injury and accident cases from start to finish and preparing and arming them to do battle with Goliath if necessary.

The majority of personal injury and accident cases are settled without litigation, but all cases should be prepared as if they are going to trial. Therefore, in all personal injury, wrongful death and accident cases, the client needs to be “shepherded” through the process. This starts in the very first meeting with the client and continues until the case is resolved. You have the burden of proof in a personal injury, wrongful death and accident case, which means that you must prove liability and damages and escape any defenses in the case. We have already established that there is no such thing as an easy or “open and shut” case. So, it is essential that you be shepherded through the process, or you will likely lose money.

Let us examine how this applies to a case at each stage of a lawsuit.


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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