David Blackwell - March/April 2020





Over the years, I have done work that improved people’s lives. As an injury lawyer, the cases I’m most proud of are not necessarily those I’ve settled with the highest monetary value. The cases I’m most proud of are the ones I could add the most value to through my hard work and effort. When I think of those cases, two clients come to mind. The first is a lady who had been in a car wreck. The insurance company told her she wasn’t seriously injured, and they offered her maybe $1,500. She came in to see me, and we filed a lawsuit. That was enough to get the insurance company to bump up their offer to $13,000. It was better, but it wasn’t good enough. We kept working on the case, and by the time all was said and done, my client walked away with over a $100,000. What I really value about that case isn’t the dollar amount of the settlement, though. What matters is the impact that settlement had on my client’s life. It provided her the money to enter a program designed to help her bounce back from her injury and to help her cope and hopefully get back to working and managing her family again. That program cost $32,000. That’s a lot of money, and because of our work, she can afford to pay for it. Her doctor described her as the ideal candidate for that program and expected her to see excellent results. More importantly, she expected results. Adding Value and Improving Lives THE REAL REWARDS OF THE JOB Another case I’m proud to have worked on is one of the very few cases I’ve ever defended since I’m the person usually bringing the lawsuits. A 16-year-old young man came in and he said he’d been in a wreck. He wasn’t hurt, but they’d charged him with causing the wreck. At first, I told him it wasn’t a case I would take, but I still asked him to tell me about what had happened so I could point him in the right direction. He had just topped a hill and could not see anything behind him because of the hill. He slowed down as he topped the hill and was I’m proud of that. It wasn’t the biggest case I’ve ever settled, but it was one of the most satisfying.

about to turn left to go to a friend’s house as he went down the hill. At the top of the hill, the tractor trailer behind him slowed down because the truck driver saw this young man put his left signal light on and slow down to turn. An ambulance was coming up fast behind the tractor trailer and could not see around the tractor trailer or over the hill but still pulled into the passing lane, topping the hill, with a double yellow line. The ambulance driver hit this young man sending him across a field. The ambulance driver admitted to speeding, passing on a double yellow line, up a hill, but wanted a free pass because she had her emergency lights and siren on. Now, the 16-year-old could hear the siren, but he couldn’t see the lights because of the hill. It never occurred to him, or to anyone, that somebody would be topping a blind hill in the wrong lane. It was so absurd that I took the case. I investigated the case, including talking to the truck driver and talking to other witnesses. In addition, I was told the law enforcement officer who charged him and ticketed him used to supervise the person who was driving the ambulance that day. I got the case dismissed.

Sometime after the case was over, the young man’s mom came walking in the door of my office. I was on the phone, but I saw she had a bag in her hand. She set it on my desk and walked out. When I opened the bag, I found two huge metal dice with

the dots on them painted blue. That young man was passionate about metalworking, and he’d made them. Those dice are in my conference room to this day and always will be. That was my payment and probably the best payment I’ve ever gotten — it was from the heart.

If we can add value to your case and improve your life, we’ll tell you. If not, we’ll point you in the right direction.




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