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or many attorneys, injury law is just a career. For me, it’s a personal mission. F Putting the ‘Personal’ In Personal Injury Law Early on in life, I decided I wanted to make something of myself and help others. So, I headed to college. I was the first person in my family to pursue higher education. In law school, an internship at a law firm made me realize that through the study of the law, there was a lot of good you could do in the world. The lawyers I worked with were helping people in their greatest time of need, an instrumental force in turning their clients’ terrible circumstances around. So, I decided I wanted to do personal injury work, specifically. In 2006, I was a practicing personal injury attorney for a little while, but was still relatively new at it. One night, a drunk driver attempted an ill-fated left turn in front of my car. Needless to say, the experience was terrifying, and it left me with permanent and lasting injuries. In the years following, I experienced firsthand the slog that injured parties have to endure. Wrangling the health insurance company to cover a portion of the battery of tests I was subjected to, pushing through the pain during physical therapy — like the dozens of clients I’d served before me — I finally felt the sheer difficulty of getting back on my feet. In PT, they warn you, “There’s going to be a lot more pain before you get better.”This was true not only of my injuries,
but psychologically, as well. The toll a serious injury takes on your daily life is difficult to describe until you have lived it.
The experience completely renewed my passion for the personal injury work I was doing. It allowed me to empathize directly with my clients: the slew of young people thrown from their motorcycles by careless drivers, the victims of auto and trucking accidents, and the people that want nothing more than to get their lives to the closest semblance of pre-injury normalcy they can find. I am constantly motivated and moved by the dauntless spirit of my clients. Even in the midst of extreme adversity (and possibly because of it), a keen appreciation for their lives shines through. It makes you sit back and consider the fact that maybe the problems you’re burdened with aren’t so big after all. Working alongside them, you become friends. You start to have lunch together. You get constantly more personally invested in their case, their life, and their well-being, even long after their case is over. It’s incredibly gratifying work, but with the shifting landscape created by big insurance companies, it gets harder every day. It seems that the insurance companies are granted more and more power each year. All you can do, really, is work harder, and with more passion. Their resources seem infinite, but there’s one thing that the bigwig insurance attorneys don’t have: a cause to stand for. I’ve been where my clients are, and I know their struggle. All it takes is one look at them to remember the reason I became a lawyer in the first place. Michael Masucci 1
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