Wednesday, January 18, 2017
It's no secret that we care about our clients. But don't take it from us, read our entries from our "Thumbs Up for Justice" campaign on Facebook by clicking HERE. Here are more that we have collected over the last few years:
"The insurance company was pushy and hard to work with.
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Monday, January 9, 2017
Choosing a lawyer for your personal injury or wrongful death case is a decision that is similar to picking a partner for marriage. It may be a long relationship and it is always one that commands the two parties, the attorney and the client, to trust each other. If one party does not trust the other, the common goal of justice cannot be obtained. This is because justice without trust in the result is no justice at all.
I am writing this entry to encourage face-to-face interaction with those seeking legal representation and the actual lawyer who would be trusted with that case.Read more . . .
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
It’s 4:30 am the first morning of trial when my alarm kicks on to a song from the Rocky 4 soundtrack. I’m not tired. I’m stoked. I pop out of bed and savor every drop of that half cup of coffee I drink as I immediately review my rough power point for my closing argument. There will be no time to think about taking a leak during trial.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Leaving empowered. People who are injured often feel hopeless. Many times on any given week, I will have clients who will call or stop in who are overwhelmed and feel hopeless. They feel like they lost who they were and will never be able to be happy again. They feel like their injuries are controlling their lives or ask how the insurance company can accuse them of malingering when they are in so much pain. They ask how it is that the tort laws in Ohio can be so far in favor of big businesses that that are evaluating their claim and so far against the little guy. But I reassure them that this is a bad storm - - and although I cannot promise or guarantee that the storm will never go away, I can reassure them that we are there with them and I will not let them give up. I tell all of my clients that fighting against the insurance company for their personal justice is a necessary fight and we are with them every step of the way.
Some lawyers are good at memorizing statutes or case law. others thrive when sitting at a desk or standing in front of a judge. Although I like to think my legal skills are good, I believe I am best at getting the most for my clients by empowering them - - giving them hope and reasons to want to fight - - and hope that they can weather the nasty storm many insurance companies often create for victims of negligence.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
On the same page. Ask questions. Anything. There are no stupid questions. We will give you a bunch of literature to take home about all stages of your personal injury case (which equates to about three hours of instruction that you would likely not want to subscribe to at that first meeting). We ask that you read it and try to understand as much of it as you can - - then call or meet with us to fill in the blanks. But if you are feeling at all confused, or have more questions to ask us, you can make this initial meeting as long as you want. You can call or email us - - and unlike most law firms, you can simply drop in. It is vital to your case that we are always on the same page - - and if we aren't, that you tell us so we can get there again.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Formulating a Plan. If we decide to take your case, you will leave our office with a huge weight lifted from your shoulders and you will leave with a plan. If you are getting medical treatment, we will talk to you about medical billing, when to use your health insurance card, a nasty word called “subrogation” and the importance of telling your doctors everything that is bothering you. It is important that you don’t see the doctors and not play “tough guy”, as that can come back to bite you later on in the process. We will use what you tell us relating to your medical treatment to formulate a case plan and we will discuss the first few stages of your personal injury case with you. Then it’s up to you to get better - - or at least do everything you can to try. And we will know if you’re slacking and may even push you a little to try harder.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The Contract. Well, we can’t work for free. And we also realize that the client can’t pay us directly and hourly to work on their personal injury case. That’s why we work on a contingent basis - - just like you hear on T.V. – - we don’t get paid unless you do. That is, we don’t get an attorney fee if there is no gross recovery on the case. Some potential clients think that 33 1/3 % of their settlement proceeds before filing suit and 40% after is a lot of money. I often receive calls from potential clients who opted to go it alone telling me they wish they would have signed up. There are many situations where I have seen where a potential client thought they could "save" this money, proceeded to trust the insurance adjuster, and ended up calling later - - after they ruined their respective case. Paying an attorney for your injury case is similar to paying a doctor to perform medical services in that law is a certified area that usually requires professional care. You wouldn't want to perform brain surgery on yourself - - which complexity can be comparable to a personal injury case with all the knowledge and skill that is usually required to get justice in light of Ohio's laws that favor the insurance industry.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Subscribe to patience. If you were injured in a car accident, you will likely not miraculously heal. The most important thing you can do for yourself is be patient with your medical treatment. Not only is it ultimately important to your health, but you getting better (or trying to get better) is also important to your case. Then, once you are better, or reach maximum medical improvement (nothing more can be done to treat your ailments), you enter into a whole other round of patience. In the initial meeting, this principle is further explained. Ultimately, and in order for us to do our job and provide you quality legal care, it will be necessary for you to trust that we are doing everything we can to get you justice - - and as fast as we can. As such, you must understand that these things take time. If you cannot wait and exhibit impatience, you will be hurting your case.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Please don’t take case rejection personally. Usually, when you come to our office for a consultation, I will have a pretty good idea if you have a case we would take. But sometimes we need to turn down cases - - one of those “you can’t save every puppy in the pound” things. Don’t take it personally. If we reject your potential case, it’s an act of honesty that saves everyone involved from a potentially rocky situation and gives you an opportunity to potentially find a better match.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Please don't hide the ball. We can’t do our job unless we know everything. For example, if you sustained a neck injury in the past, and are claiming a neck injury now, we need to know that up front. It not only goes towards case evaluation, but also towards strategy going forward. For any mistakes you may have made in the past, tell us, and trust that we take the attorney-client privilege very seriously. If you hide something from us, you are not only making our job harder, but are likely setting your case up for doom. Many potential clients are nervous that their preexisting injuries will scare attorneys away. Not me. I use your preexisting (more susceptible to further injury) state to help your case, not hurt it.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
I am not permitted to take intake notes from the potential client. My staff has prohibited it. After all, they are the ones who have to read it - - and they can’t, ever, read my writing. A legal assistant or paralegal will next greet you and direct you to a small meeting room where they will gather all the necessary information so that myself – or another lawyer – can assess your situation and determine whether you have a case that our office is willing to handle.
Law Offices of Jeremy Burnside has offices in Scioto County, OH and Lawrence County, OH. We serve clients throughout Ohio and Kentucky in the following areas:
Ohio Cities: Portsmouth, Lucasville, Ironton, Wheelersburg, Piketon, Gallipolis, South Point, Chillicothe, Cleveland, Columbus and Elyria.
Kentucky Counties: Lewis County, Boyd County, Pike County, Greenup County, Fleming County, Martin County and Carter County.