Chronicle January 2019 Edition
Wade Coye Attorney
The Law Is a Process
And a Long and Frustrating One at That Thomas Hobbes famously wrote that life outside of society would be “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” Navigating the legal The fact of the matter is that when your adversary is an insurance company, they are more than happy to prey on your frustrations. For them, prolonging the process is a tactic, not a headache. If they make you jump through hoop after hoop, you’re much more likely to give up and accept less than you deserve.
system on your own after an injury can feel much the same, save for the last. The good news
When clients step into our office, it’s common for them to state that they’re overwhelmed and just want to get their ordeal over with. Sometimes they even have an intense emotional response while discussing their predicament, which is perfectly natural. After all, speaking with an attorney may be the first chance to truly express what you’re going through in full detail. The fact of the matter is that when your adversary is an insurance company, they are more than happy to prey on your frustrations. For them, prolonging the process is a tactic, not a headache. Explaining how long the process may take — putting all the cards on the table, as it were — is a fundamental part of our job as a law firm. In some cases, it may not be worth it for somebody to bring a claim to court instead of settling beforehand. Other times, you risk too much by not seeing a case through, even if it means hanging in there for over a year. Every situation is different, and we’ll always give you updated advice based on everything we know about the case. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide what route to take and how you want us to act on your behalf. No matter what you decide, it’s important to understand that great results take time to achieve.
is that, with Coye Law Firm, you’ll always have an attorney advocating on your behalf. The bad news is that the law is not “short” in any way. More often than not, things take way longer than you’d like. The protracted nature of cases is one of the biggest hurdles people have to overcome if they want to receive a favorable and just result. Personal injury, workers’ compensation, and Social Security disability cases involve dealing with government agencies and insurance companies — neither of which are known for moving quickly. Hell, the VA announced they were finally making the move to digitize health records in 2017! That’s so far behind the times it’s laughable — or it would be if it didn’t cause so much harm. When people are starting a claim, the snail’s pace of the process can lead to frustration for a number of reasons. First, most of our clients are dealing with an injury or other serious life disturbance that’s disrupted their lives and forced them to change their lifestyles. It sucks to have that process delayed by bureaucracy, but you have to be prepared for the possibility. Second, everything in our lives is getting faster. We can order a product on Amazon and have it in our hands in less than 24 hours. In such an environment, it's reasonable to expect the legal process be quick as well. To a certain extent, it is, but not compared to the acceleration in other aspects of modern life. You’ll have to overcome some cognitive dissonance and get used to the legal pace of things if you want to see your claim through.
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