Comments on: Orlando Personal Injury Attorneys: High Volume Personal Injury “Settlement Mills” https://injuryattorneyflorida.com/orlando-personal-injury-attorneys-high-volume-personal-injury-settlement-mills/ Orlando Personal Injury Lawyer & Car Accident Attorney Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:55:04 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 By: tinalaw https://injuryattorneyflorida.com/orlando-personal-injury-attorneys-high-volume-personal-injury-settlement-mills/#comment-11971 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 18:29:24 +0000 http://injuryattorneyflorida.com/?p=5961#comment-11971 That’s unbelievable Vincent! Why am I not surprised? I mean, let’s face it, a paralegal or case manager simply would not have the necessary understanding of insurance policy terms & exclusions, rules of evidence, rules of procedure, trial tactics, legal analysis & related arguments, and on and on. So, if a paralegal or case manager is handling a file, rather than an attorney, a long list of important issues cannot possibly be analyzed and then utilized to the client’s benefit. Your story is actually one of many similar stories that I’ve heard from other solo personal injury attorneys or small firm attorneys. I don’t care who says what, if an attorney is handling 200-700 cases at the same time, they cannot possibly give each client the careful attention they need and deserve. No way, no how, NOT humanly possible. I use a computer, but I cannot and do not function like one.

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By: tinalaw https://injuryattorneyflorida.com/orlando-personal-injury-attorneys-high-volume-personal-injury-settlement-mills/#comment-11970 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 18:22:44 +0000 http://injuryattorneyflorida.com/?p=5961#comment-11970 Thanks so much Luke for sharing your thoughts (especially a great case example from your past work as a personal injury attorney). I think you hit upon a very important point, which is that small personal injury law firms nationwide, in my opinion, should stick together to both communicate this critical message and create a force of our own to counter the millions of dollars in advertising settlement mills can afford to spend. We might feel like we are each others’ competitors at times (especially in the same geographic region). But the reality is that we are the smallest of fish so our only chance of stemming the tide, in my view, is to stick together and try to help each other as much as possible.

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By: tinalaw https://injuryattorneyflorida.com/orlando-personal-injury-attorneys-high-volume-personal-injury-settlement-mills/#comment-11969 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 18:18:38 +0000 http://injuryattorneyflorida.com/?p=5961#comment-11969 Wow! Mr. Anthony Castelli, Ohio personal injury attorney extraordinaire, commenting on my blog makes my day! As I told Steven Sweat, I am extremely grateful and honored to have such well-respected personal injury attorneys sharing their additional insights on my website. I strongly believe that we must stick together to spread the word, or else settlement mills will continue to consume a greater and greater share of the market. Further, assuming the facts in Ms. Engstrom’s article are true, personal injury clients will continue to be treated like the numbers that they should never be. I can only hope that potential clients find our respective websites, carefully read our well-meaning advice, or watch our videos, and give us a call.

Personally, I believe that my clients can feel the difference during the first consult, which only improves as my representation of them continues. I spend a lot of time consulting my clients on the phone, even pre-suit, to explain exactly how they can best maximize their claim, which includes ongoing and extensive help sorting through the maze of medical payment & treatment options, among many other important issues. Do you think settlement mill firms have those critical conversations? I haven’t personally worked in one but just do not think it would be humanly possible (not even close) with 200-700 cases, again assuming the accuracy of the facts summarized in Ms. Engstrom’s article. After watching several of your videos, I have no doubt that you take the same careful approach.

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By: tinalaw https://injuryattorneyflorida.com/orlando-personal-injury-attorneys-high-volume-personal-injury-settlement-mills/#comment-11968 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 18:06:38 +0000 http://injuryattorneyflorida.com/?p=5961#comment-11968 Thanks very much, Steven Sweat, for reading and commenting on my blog. I cannot tell you the honor of having such esteemed personal injury attorneys from around the country commenting on my website, particularly regarding such an important yet often misunderstood topic. If only clients had any idea that any firm relying almost exclusively or exclusively on non-lawyer file processors and/or formula calculators cannot possibly maximize the value of a legitimate, serious injury claim. I imagine that Los Angeles must be just as bad with ad saturation, which can almost erase the sound of smaller firms trying to compete with good old fashioned personalized service, careful & ongoing case analysis, and diligent advocacy.

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By: Vincent https://injuryattorneyflorida.com/orlando-personal-injury-attorneys-high-volume-personal-injury-settlement-mills/#comment-11967 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:46:30 +0000 http://injuryattorneyflorida.com/?p=5961#comment-11967 I represented a woman in an insurance claim. She came to us because she was unhappy with the offer she got from one of these settlement mills. I won’t name names because if the glove doesn’t fit they might have a fit.
Anyway, the insurance company had claimed an exclusion to coverage on her accident (which had left her permanently paralyzed) and were only offering the bare minimum of the policy to settle (10k IIRC) and the Mill recommended accepting the offer.

I’m guessing no attorney ever looked at her case before me, because after putting in about half an hour of work I got her the full limit of the policy ($200k IIRC) from the insurance company.
Any half-way decent lawyer would have found that the particular exclusion the insurance company was relying on had been outlawed in my state.

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By: Luke Ciciliano https://injuryattorneyflorida.com/orlando-personal-injury-attorneys-high-volume-personal-injury-settlement-mills/#comment-11901 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:33:36 +0000 http://injuryattorneyflorida.com/?p=5961#comment-11901 Thanks for sharing this Tina. This is a common issue in the Las Vegas area as 4-5 of the large personal injury firms take an overwhelming part of the business. One of the first cases I handled in my practice was a fender bender in which the client had gone to one of the “mill” firms. The firm made one phone call to the adjuster and the adjuster disputed liability. The firm proceeded to drop the client telling the client that they did not deem it a “feasible” case. I was retained and shortly thereafter obtained a $10,000 settlement for the clients. If they had listed to the large mill firm they may have just gone on their way thinking they did not have a case. I think a good way for smaller PI firms to deal with the larger ones would be to work harder at networking together. Any thoughts?

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By: Steven M. Sweat, Los Angeles lawyer https://injuryattorneyflorida.com/orlando-personal-injury-attorneys-high-volume-personal-injury-settlement-mills/#comment-11796 Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:44:40 +0000 http://injuryattorneyflorida.com/?p=5961#comment-11796 Very informative post. I think a lot of consumers when they have an injury simply go to the law firm that has the most saturation of ads on various mediums. This is a terrible way to pick a quality lawyer! It would be much better to use a firm that actually represents clients rather than simply “processing files”!! Keep up the good work representing injured Floridians Tina.

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