STANDING UP TO A BROKEN SYSTEM WHY I FIGHT FOR PEOPLE
T oday, I can truly say I have my dream job, but it took a while to get here. One of the first jobs I had in law was on the other side of the coin from where I am now, working for a firm representing insurance companies. When I took that position, a lot of my reasoning was selfish. My salary doubled overnight, and I had benefits I never dreamed of. However, I quickly realized that I could never be fulfilled in that role. Nearly everyone I worked with at the job tried to convince themselves they were helping individuals who had been injured. In fact, we were protecting the bottom lines of enormous corporations and helping ourselves in the bargain. Eventually, I couldn’t keep up the illusion. I was lying to myself, and I knew it. The timing of my enlightenment wasn’t perfect — I told my wife I was quitting when she was pregnant with our first child — but a change had to happen. Thankfully, she was supportive. Given her unfailing wisdom and intuition, she probably felt that I needed to get out of there long before I did. The second I started representing living, breathing people and fighting the companies I used to protect, I rediscovered why I wanted to become an attorney in the first place. In what other arena can a single attorney working out of a 1,000-square-foot office take on multibillion-dollar companies and win? Of course, you have to fight if you want to win, and that’s what makes Finney Injury Law different than your typical personal injury firm. We are the opposite of the turn-and-burn attorneys you see advertised on billboards and daytime TV. I’m not afraid to take cases to their conclusion to ensure that you get everything you deserve. Your legal case is not a fast-food meal to be quickly eaten and forgotten about. Every case is different, and yours requires personal attention. Anybody who tells you
they can get you a resolution quickly isn’t concerned with delivering the best result possible.
My time working for insurance companies gave me insight into the tips and tricks they use to convince people to settle quickly and for less than they should. In essence, these insurance companies are banking on you working with an attorney who’ll accept their first or second offer, knowing full well they’re getting off easy. Without the threat of litigation, companies have no incentive to give you a fair settlement. Once you sign their deal, they’re onto the next claim and you’re quickly forgotten about. The whole system makes me sick, which is why I stand in opposition to it. Since I made the decision that put me on the path to where I am today, my family has gone from expecting our first child to having four little boys running around the house. So in the hours I’m not working on cases, I’m kept plenty busy by the kids. It means the world to me to know that when they get old enough to understand what Dad does for a living, it’s something they will be proud to tell their friends about. That never would’ve been the case had I not decided to follow my heart instead of a paycheck. If there’s one thing I hope you take away from this newsletter, it’s that I want to provide a better way for people who’ve been injured to receive justice. If you want to settle your case for pennies on the dollar, call
one of the guys in the bad suits. But if you want to work with someone who will learn about you and expend every resource to get you what’s yours, I hope you’ll give us a call.
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