For those seeking to obtain a car accident settlement without a lawyer, let me point you to the words of Abraham Lincoln – “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.”
Handling a car accident case is no big deal, right? A car accident injury victim collects a few records, bills, submits them to the responsible insurance company and presto –medical bills get paid, a check arrives in the mailbox to cover lost wages and then, if and when the injured person returns to work, a big fat check arrives to cover things such as pain, suffering, disability and disfigurement. If that’s what you think, perhaps you’d like to buy some swampland?
The truth is that handling car accident cases requires skill and experience that most people, no matter how smart they are, don’t have. Heck – most lawyers, whether inexperienced lawyers or seasoned lawyers who “dabble” in car accident cases, don’t know much about handling these matters. While these lawyers probably know a bit more than their unsuspecting clients about the proper way to handle a car accident case or how to obtain a car accident settlement, they present little challenge to the insurance adjusters and defense lawyers that eat sleep and breathe car accident cases. While these lawyers may know how to bring a case to resolution, odds are that if they don’t know how to PROPERLY handle a car accident case, they are short changing their clients. I see it happen all the time.
Willens has been called upon by the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) to educate other lawyers and judges on the proper way to handle car accident cases. Willens will discuss many topics, starting at the all-important initial client interview to the initial investigation, to litigating a car accident case, all the way to trial.
Willens has obtained millions of dollars for his clients who were in car accidents via settlement and trial. While his firm is well-known for its million-dollar-plus verdicts and settlements (including a $15.8 million verdict in a car v. pedestrian accident) Willens takes pride in a recent $90,000 verdict where the pre-trial offer was $15,000. Willens says of that verdict – “Many lawyers in the same circumstance would have shoved a settlement down their client’s throat. Not us – we stepped up to the plate and delivered justice to our client. Perhaps next time the insurance company will pay us the full and fair value of the case. If not, we’ll do battle with them again.”
Willens believes he is called upon to educate law students, lawyers and judges regarding the proper way to handle car accident cases not only because of his record of success in and out of the courtroom, but because he used to work for an insurance company. Willens says, “There are many lawyers who can boast about their big car accident settlements and verdicts. Not many can say that they have worked on the other side of the aisle. I can. This is a huge advantage to my firm’s clients.”
Matthew L. Willens, will be speaking on “Handling Your First Car Accident Case” at the ISBA’s Solo & Small Firm Conference which will take place on October 3-5, 2013 at the Westin Northwest Chicago/Itasca. The program will provide up to 16.5 hours of mandatory continuing legal education credits.
To find out more about the program or to register, see http://www.isba.org/soloinstitute. If you would like to speak with Matt Willens, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (312) 957-4166.