Coye Law September 2018

September 2018

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Take the Hype

WITH A GRAIN OF SALT

My father-in-law, Charlie, was a garage-sale fanatic. He’d always have some crazy discovery to share with us. Though he passed away a couple of years ago, we are lucky enough to have plenty of unique mementos that remind us of him. Just the other day, I was going through one of his many gift boxes and found something very interesting.

the 50’s, just shoot me an email at wadebcoye@ coyelaw.com. I’d be happy to share it with you!)

My point, to use a well-worn cliche, is that hindsight is always 20/20. When we’re in the midst of a particular moment, it’s hard to assess it critically. That’s doubly true today, when

“YOU DON’T WANT TO LOOK BACK ON YOUR CASE AND REGRET THE DECISIONS YOU MADE. THE ONLY WAY TO AVOID THAT IS TO TAKE YOUR TIME AND DO THINGS THE RIGHT WAY. IN OTHER WORDS, TAKE THE HYPE WITH A GRAIN OF SALT. ”

The box contained a bunch of Reader’s Digests from the ‘50s. On the surface, that might seem like the most boring stack of magazines you could encounter, but I flipped through them nevertheless. In doing so, I came across an article that I think illustrates a very important concept, especially in an age when every piece of new technology is regarded with the utmost optimism. The article was about how cows were being injected with hormones and how it was changing the meat industry for the better. It was breathlessly optimistic about this new innovation. Today, of course, it reads like an absurd parody. We now know that inoculating cows with a boatload of hormones creates an untold number of problems, including superbugs that end up in our food supply. In the ‘50s, however, they had no idea about these unintended consequences. They simply saw the technology as unambiguously good. (By the way, if you are interested in reading this article from

technology is changing our lives more rapidly than ever before. Every year, there’s a new “disruptive” piece of tech that threatens to upend our daily lives. For the most part, technology does improve our lives, but it’s important to understand the drawbacks as well. In my business, I’ve found that technology’s promise of providing us with instant gratification has created a problem for many clients. When you can order anything under the sun on Amazon and have it at your doorstep in under 24 hours, it’s easy to assume that your legal matters should be resolved quickly. Sadly, it just doesn’t work that way. Anybody who promises you a speedy resolution of your case doesn’t have your best interest at heart. The bottom line is that legal cases take time for a reason. If somebody settles your injury claim in a day or two, guess what? They haven’t

taken the time to get you what you deserve. It’s a situation where faster isn’t always better.

Now, don’t get me wrong, technology has expedited a lot of the tedium of the legal process, and that’s a very good thing. I certainly don’t miss the days when simply sending documents required days of waiting. That said, some aspects of our lives are better served when we slow down and take stock of the situation. You don’t want to look back on your case and regret the decisions you made. The only way to avoid that is to take your time and do things the right way. In other words, take the hype with a grain of salt.

–Wade Coye

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