Law Offices of Driggs, Bills & Day April 2018

Apr 2018

The Advocates Injury Attorneys • • (801) 783-3555

When our client — let’s call her Robin — was injured in a serious car accident, she didn’t know where to turn. Though the collision wasn’t her fault, Robin was MY UNCONVENTIONAL CAREER PATH AND WHY I FIGHT FOR MY CLIENTS From the Force to the Courtroom

driving an uninsured vehicle, and it looked as if she’d have to cover these enormous medical bills on her own. There was just no way. Money hadn’t exactly been abundant even before the accident. She was stuck in that liminal space between working full time and not yet qualifying for Medicare. With all her new injuries, the future seemed impossible to face. Luckily, she heard about the Advocates and our office out in Missoula, Montana. She came in full of anxiety and uncertainty, unsure whether we’d be able to do anything to help her out. But after we took a look at her case and offered her a few options, she decided to hire us. Over the coming months, we fought like dogs to establish liability in the collision, going back and forth in a tense exchange

“Helping people has always been at the forefront of my career, frommy 10-plus years in law enforcement to my work here with the Advocates.”

was getting older, and I decided to pull the trigger on fulfilling my dream of attending law school and becoming a lawyer. While law enforcement and personal injury law are completely different fields, I’ve found that much of what I learned in my years on the force helps me connect with my clients. When you’re working day after day as a street-level police officer, encountering

with the insurance company. In the meantime, we helped her to stay afloat until we secured the settlement she deserved, putting her in touch with the right medical providers and once even putting gas in her car. Throughout the process, I did absolutely everything I could to help Robin get back on her feet. Helping people has always been at the forefront of my career, from my 10-plus years in law enforcement to my work here with the Advocates. While I found my time as sergeant detective for the Criminal Investigation Bureau in Colorado deeply gratifying, there came a point when I felt like I’d accomplished everything I ever wanted to in that line of work. While I was far from burned out, I found myself thinking back to the legal internship I’d completed right out of undergrad. Law enforcement had given me so much, and I didn’t want to get to the point where I felt exhausted, disillusioned, or stuck in my career. While taking a shower one day, I thought about how I

the most downtrodden, victimized individuals, it grants you a level of human understanding and empathy. I’ve said before that I don’t know if you can fully grasp the human condition until you’ve stood in a stranger’s living room and talked them down from a bitter domestic dispute. It gives you perspective and allows you to understand the real cost of the problems that weigh on people. In the end, we were able to get her the policy limits she needed to pay off her medical bills, fix her car, and most importantly, focus on recovery. I remember the day we handed her the settlement check. You could see the relief as it washed over her. When you’re a personal injury attorney, it’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind, keeping your nose in stacks of papers. But when I actually see the look of relief on a client’s face, I’m reminded of the reason I do this work in the first place. –Josh Hotchkiss • 1

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