I was recently reminded of a comment a juror in one of my cases a few years ago told me after the case was over: “We all wanted Charlie Donahue to win.”
Of course, the real winner was my client, but the truth of the matter is that a lawyer and his credibility are inextricably inter-twined with his client’s case.
I’ll also never forget trying a case with another lawyer (who will remain nameless as a courtesy) who was so arrogant, nasty and condescending that during a break in the action the bailiff took me aside to ask where “that bastard” came from. As it turned out, the jury was so turned off by “that bastard” it punished his poor client.
The lesson of the story: If you have a lawyer who is no good with people, be very careful and get rid of him before it’s too late.
On the brighter side of things, I’m from the school that thinks a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, and that it is always best to settle an injury case if it can be done reasonably and fairly.
However, these days more than ever, a personal injury lawyer better be willing to bring suit and go the distance if necessary.Otherwise the insurance company will take advantage. If a case is prepared for trial, it will probably settle. Some cases just need to be tried, while the overwhelming majority can be settled.
It costs nothing to talk with me and I don’t get paid until you win.
Keep your strength.
Charlie Donahue, injury lawer