Finney Injury Law - March 2019

TRIALS & THEIR TALES

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YOU CAN’T CALL YOURSELF A TRIAL LAWYER IF YOU NEVER FIGHT IN COURT WALKING THE WALK

I f we want to talk the talk, we’d better walk the walk. Do I really want to be a trial lawyer? What does that even mean? How serious am I about representing people in court in front of juries? Am I all talk? These are the thoughts that go through my head on a regular basis. It is unsettling. It is upsetting. It is frustrating. So how do I answer those questions? By action. Not even a dictionary’s worth of words can sufficiently answer them; only actions and results can. So I have to try cases. And so many of these must be tried before a jury of peers in order to get full civil justice. That’s one of the things that those turn-and-burn, your-settlement-in-48-hours firms will never tell you. What do I mean by “civil justice”? Our system is the civil one. Not an eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, neck surgery for neck surgery — but one where parties will handle their disputes civilly. The law only allows money to be used to establish value in these cases, so full civil justice is the full value of the claim. Civil justice = money damages. It may sound cold, but that’s exactly how your opponents view it. Insurance companies never want to pay full civil justice despite having access to mind- boggling amounts of capital. They don't see people as human beings.

Last year, in January 2018, I made a conscious effort to walk the walk. We tried six cases to verdict. We stopped begging insurance carriers for money. We got off our knees and onto our feet. We obtained over $4,300,000 in civil justice verdicts for our phenomenal clients. Yes, the jurors, people in this state, decided the value of the injuries for our clients and what the civil justice would be. We did not let insurance adjusters decide what civil justice would be in these cases. Do you know the dollar amount at which they valued those cases? About $83,000. Through verdicts, we multiplied their valuations by 51 times. 2. To get full civil justice, we had to walk the walk and take the case to the jury. 3. In those cases that we didn’t take to trial, the insurance companies were aware we would, and they had to give more civil justice. That’s the beauty of walking the walk. Once you are known as somebody who takes action, you don’t always have to. Insurance companies know we are willing to go as far as we need to, up to and including trial. Because Why is this important? For a few reasons: 1. Insurance companies will never give full civil justice for the injured. Never.

of this, they can’t bluff our clients into accepting less than full civil justice. Don’t kid yourself; these guys have the data on every law firm they come up against. When they see you’re working with somebody who is unafraid to try a case, they act a lot differently than when they’re up against somebody with a track record of capitulation. This year, we are continuing that commitment to walking the walk. That is why I am writing about it —we’ve all heard that once you write something down, the odds of you meeting that goal are 10 times greater. We are making that commitment both to you and to all of our clients. We will go after civil justice with purpose and precision. We will prepare cases for trial. We will do our absolute best to discern the cases where insurance companies are not paying full civil justice and where they are. We will act in the best interests of our living, breathing, human clients. We will invest our firm’s resources, time, and money on behalf of our clients to get full civil justice. I hope you will join us in this commitment and let your loved ones, friends, and neighbors know that we

will be there if and when they need us.

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