As accident attorneys, it is important to keep in mind the “human side” of personal injury by recognizing the life-changing struggles that some of our clients go through after an accident.
Just this week I presented one of my clients for a deposition. She was a pedestrian crossing the street when the defendant driver hit her with his truck. As a result of the accident, my client suffered multiple broken bones. It’s easy to list the injuries our clients suffer from as a result of an accident in an attempt to claim pain and suffering, but we need to better understand the impact that these injuries have on the lives of our clients.
I had my client explain the struggles that she encountered because she was bound to a wheel chair for several months. As she explained how her aunt had to assist her on a daily basis to get into and out of the wheel chair, she came to tears because she remembered how much this vehicle/pedestrian collision changed her life. Prior to the accident, she was an independent woman who was used to taking care of others; as a result of the accident, she was placed in a position where others had to take care of her.
Through the litigation process of personal injury cases, attorneys often focus on court hearings, gathering records, arranging depositions, etc., but we often forget about the real struggles that our clients go through. It is important to understand these struggles not only to have closer connection with our clients, but also to properly illustrate them in order to paint a clearer picture of their pain and suffering.