How Our Unique Program Will Help You Be A Champion

To protect you from the insurance industry and defense lawyers, the specifics of our program are introduced to you over the time of your actual representation. We have even had representatives from insurance industries pose as potential clients at an initial free consultation. They do this to try to obtain as much information from us as they can. They never return for a follow-up.  

Through our broad-brush approach, we hope you are able to appreciate our extensive work focusing on every detail of protecting you through our individualized system.

We hope you understand that in order to be The Champion it will require your full attention, communication, and to work closely with your legal team.

Please remember this system was developed throughout thirty-five years of legal practice while representing thousands of injured persons and families. The system was formulated by speaking to and learning from many other attorneys around the United States and even insurance company executives.   

What To Do To Help Your Legal Team Help You Prepare For A Jury Trial

Your chance of having to try your case to a jury is minimal. Our team assumes your chances of trying your case is one hundred percent. Our extra care upfront actually reduces those minimal chances. We are sitting on “go” if those opposing do not use common sense, fairness, reason, and good faith in reviewing our evaluation.   Your legal team works with you to evaluate your claim.  

Developing a close working relationship with you over time will help you settle your claim. One goal is to be ready to try your case to a jury the day your lawsuit is filed. The extra work we do upfront with you helps us protect you. We work together preparing the information we need under the law to prove every detail of your claim. This helps the jury to easily fill in your Jury Verdict as we request. Of course, a lawsuit requires other procedural work, including interrogatories and depositions. Through our time together, you will be prepared to navigate these requirements quickly and with confidence.

What To Do To Help Your Legal Team Settle Your Claims

No one injured by another’s wrongdoing runs to a lawyer’s office demanding to immediately go to the courthouse, pick a jury, and have their day in court. If they did, they would quickly learn they lack the evidence from their health care providers and others to fully present their claims and are selling themselves short. Any lawyer who suggests this is what you should do has less common sense than a mule in a bathtub.

By far, most people who come to see us after an injury are looking for guidance in avoiding a courtroom by navigating through and hopefully settling their claims.  

Of course, there are no guarantees. There are many factors that affect this hopeful result. Our program specifically identifies as many of these factors as possible. We meet with you to help you understand each of them. Using your input, we work together over time to maximize your settlement potential. Our system also helps us help you be as ready for trial as quickly as possible, if needed.   

This approach requires substantially more work than many other law firms. We do this with a team of workers with specific tasks working on specific details of your case and claim. The extra time dedicated by staff is to leave no stone unturned and to add new bricks to the wall where required. This also helps you make the best decisions you can possibly make. 

What To Do To Follow Up With Your Legal Team Over Time

In the eyes of the harm causer and insurance companies, time is their best friend. They lay in ambush waiting for you to make a mistake they can pounce on, like the wolf after Little Red Riding Hood. They will do this no matter how small or large the harm caused to you. Most injury law firms drop the ball during this time, exposing you to the wolf’s fangs. 

Many law firm business models require them to churn as many “cases” as possible. What do you think this does to your justice under the law? The help of the law evaporates like the morning fog over a Florida lake in summer. These law firms leave you as exposed and helpless as a lame animal along a busy highway. 

Our legal team is trained to make time your best friend. All members of your team, including investigators, nurses, and paralegals, focus on working with you. 

We look forward to developing a specific plan based upon your unique circumstances. It is not unusual for our team to help military and missionaries who travel all over the world doing their work. They will be in one location for a few months and another location a few months later. We treat each person as a unique treasure. Our system is designed to protect you in your unique circumstances. To do this, we have developed a flexible system of communication. Even if it means working late or during the weekends to speak to you, we are available.

What To Do After The First Appointment With Your Legal Team

At the first appointment with your team, you will be given a notebook with very detailed explanations of how we will work together. We know it is impossible to understand everything about this complex system you have been thrown into, through no fault of your own. 

We know there are those who work diligently to make the system even more difficult and impossible for you to understand. We furnish you with a detailed explanation that you can use over time to help you understand each step we make together.   

We also understand that you have a lot more important things going on in your life than to read the notebook we give you. That is natural. We establish routine communication systems with you and your family.  

After the first appointment, your legal team will work to gather all information needed to protect you, present your claim, and obtain one hundred percent compensation for your harms and losses. Our team of investigators, nurses, and paralegals are also available to answer your questions.

Sometimes the nature of your medical treatment and recovery will take over a year. Your health care providers may need this time to answer the questions necessary for us to fully present your claim. When possible, we move to settle your claim earlier. We maintain our hands-on working relationship throughout the time your health care providers need. Again, to protect our system from those who seek to obtain it for ill purposes, we cannot furnish all the details here. As a client, we provide that to you in an easy to understand format. We take a system intended to be as difficult as possible by insurance companies and mold it to one where we work together toward your full compensation.  

Introducing Our Unique Method To Protect You At The First Appointment

Insurance companies and defense attorneys diligently inquire into all that we do. As a result, we have only provided hints on our website about parts of our unique system designed with the sole focus of protecting you. 

At your first appointment, we provide you with methods and guidelines based on extensive research by multiple groups and organizations. They are specifically designed to fit our individualized system. We will simplify that information to help us work together over the time it takes to restore your losses.   

Dan’s traveling the country, speaking at lawyer seminars, making acquaintances with lawyers and others around the United States, and his thirty-five years of hands-on experience representing thousands of injured persons and families, has brought all that together for you.

As we continue our representation, we will gently introduce more of our system.  This will help us work together, in step, like a Swiss watch.  

At the end of our first meeting, you will be secure in the understanding that you are protected by our legal team. You will know that your team is representing you at the highest level possible.

What To Bring To The First Attorney Appointment

The more information our team has, the quicker we will be able to protect you and bring your claims to a conclusion. One word that each team member knows is not allowed to be used in our office is, “wait.” Waiting is falling into the hands of the insurance company’s vice-grip plan after you are injured. They know waiting is their best friend.    

Any information, photos, insurance policies, statements, bills, accident reports, and anything else that will help support your claim is important to bring with you at the first appointment. Our team works to obtain all the necessary information. The more information you provide us, the easier it is to jump-start helping you. Our team will also establish several contact points to ensure the timely sharing of information so that no roadblocks come between you and your claim. Routine appointments with Dan and an open line of communication are established at the first meeting. 

At the first meeting, you are introduced to contact personnel with whom you may communicate when Dan is unavailable.  

If you have any family who will be helping you throughout your medical recovery and our representation, you are welcome to bring them so we can all be introduced. With your permission, they may be part of our open line of communication. 

Often, people will stop by our office without an appointment just to ask questions. We always work to make time to answer any questions. Later, we introduce the process of what is needed to keep the ball rolling.  

We understand the impact of intrusion into your life of harm, loss, and injury. It is unwanted, uninvited, and not needed. Whether you have a briefcase full of records or just the clothes on your back, we will work with you to help you through this complex process. We will also provide you with a system to keep all the records we need and to stay in touch.   

How To Choose An Injury Lawyer: Handoff Lawyers, Puppy Lawyers, And Advertisements

A week rarely goes by when we don’t meet with someone who first went to an attorney they saw on TV, heard on the radio, or saw on a number of large billboards. They tell us they never saw the person on the advertisement but were handed off to some very young puppy lawyer. They express deep disappointment with the failure of the advertisements to meet their expectations. When they speak to someone our office has helped, we welcome the opportunity of personally helping them.

For example, some advertisements are by large law firms who recently moved to our area. They plaster the roadways with billboards. Recent movers to our area are here solely to expand their business. Many are quick to advertise with catchy phrases and dramatic advertisements. Yet they are never involved in handling the case and never know the client. They hand them off to “puppy lawyers” to settle your case as soon as possible, in order to pay for the billboards.  

In some cases, the lawyer on the billboard will be at the first meeting, but the client will never see nor hear from that lawyer again.

Some advertisements are by lawyers who claim to sue drunk drivers. Potential clients soon learn this is just a sales gimmick. 

When asked about Dan, potential clients learn that he is the only attorney in Northwest Florida who established the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) Chapter from his office in 1992. Up until that point, there was no MADD chapter between Jacksonville, Florida and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

Dan incorporated and organized this Chapter in part to help his clients, parents who lost their only son to a drunk driver, help others. This MADD chapter has continued and expanded to cover many counties in Northwest Florida and is still active today.

Dan has lived locally for over sixty years and practiced law here for thirty-five years.  He works hands-on with every person and family his team represents.

What To Do If Contacted By The Insurance Company Of The Person Who Caused Harm To You

Everyone has seen the insurance company vehicles all over our local streets and highways. It is not unusual for the insurance company of the person who harmed you to be at your home before you arrive from the emergency room. Their purpose includes getting you to admit to some fault in the crash, or to offer you a nominal sum to settle all your claims.  

All too often, Dan has been asked to review a document from the insurance company that the injured party received the day of or the day after the crash. That short, simple document is a very small check to them from the insurance company and a release of all claims against the person who injured them. That you were not in the right state of mind following the crash or were not aware of the full extent of your injuries is usually not a defense. Now they want to hire our team to recover the full extent of their harms and losses.   Unfortunately, this is often made impossible by their acceptance of the very small sum of money and the signing of the release.  

Beware, Beware, Beware!!!  

Always kindly tell the representatives of the insurance company who contact you that you need to know the full extent of your harms and losses before discussing those with them. You understand this may take months and maybe over a year. In these kinds of situations, what is best is to know the rest. This requires you to “look before you leap.” This requires you to remember: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”    

After they contact you, immediately call our office so we can help you through this process. Our defense program requires them to cease and desist all communication with you and communicate with our office only. If they do not do this, we have a prompt response which can include sanctions against them.   

This is extremely important. Do not think this will cause the insurance companies to the disrespect you. Over the years, Dan has represented many injured family members of insurance agents, officers, and board of directors of every insurance company in Florida-even while we continue to sue their employers in other cases.   

What To Do To Follow Up After First Medical Treatment

 If you are admitted to the hospital, make sure that you have someone with you at all times. All times means twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Generally, patients admitted through the emergency room are assigned to a doctor known as a hospitalist.  You will likely have no choice in that doctor, nor a choice in who performs all diagnostic exams and surgery on you.

It is important to document the names and positions of all who care for you.  This often requires the help of others.

An emergent admission does not guarantee that all who treat you will communicate with each other. Nor does it guarantee that the nurses treating you will read the doctor’s orders and notes about you.  This is an unfortunate lesson Dan has learned in representing injured people in many medical malpractice cases.

Health care providers have harmed people due to the lack of communication for persons admitted as a result of emergencies.  

If you are admitted to the hospital, make sure that the persons who stay with you document your harms and losses. Use all photographic means available. Make sure your evidence is backed up, in case the documenting device is lost.

A diary should be kept of your stay to relay the harms and losses suffered while in the hospital. This can be in handwriting or kept on any digital device. It should also be backed up as soon as possible.

Oftentimes it is difficult to find a health care provider who will treat you after a crash or injury. Many family doctors shy away from this.  Either they are not comfortable with who to bill or what they are paid. Others just do not want to be involved in answering opinions about your injuries from your crash.

Your family doctor may not have anyone who they will refer you to. If this happens, do not be discouraged. 

Our legal team has developed a list of trained and skilled physicians, based on over thirty-five years of experience, who can help you recover from the harms and losses of your injuries.  Our team has established a working relationship with the folks who help coordinate billing and are practiced in the nuances of who to bill—even if they have to bill more than one insurance company.

Sometimes those offices will require you to sign a lien on your recovery. This helps make sure they are paid in the event insurance limits are not adequate to cover all the expenses.  We work to protect your credit from those bills.

 It is vital to our representation of you that we know your complete medical history.  It is equally important that we follow all of your care from your accident very closely.    

Please remember that this is a very complicated process.  

Some health care providers, and even some provisions of your automobile insurance, require you to pay them back before you are entitled to any recovery from the person who injured you. Our team continually monitors these requests, stays abreast of the complexity of the law as much as possible, and successfully resolves these issues routinely. 

This is an extremely complex and quirky area of the law that changes constantly. This requires constant diligence to protect you and your family. One of the staff members at Dan’s office has the title of “Lien Queen.” She enjoys the challenges of this very difficult and tedious work. 

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