I used to work for a large insurance defense firm. That means I worked for an insurance company, defending personal injury claims. That's the opposite of what I do now. While my clients were technically the policy holders of the insurance company, my employer was the insurance company. Therefore, I had very little influence (basically none) about how the insurance company conducted business, how they advertised, the way they handled claims, etc. I was a tiny fish in a very big ocean. Those kinds of decisions were made in ivory towers at the corporate level.
After working for 13 years for the insurance companies, I decided it was time to open my own practice. It was something I really had been wanting to do for about 4 or 5 years before actually "jumping ship." There was an entrepreneurial bug in me that had been dormant for years but finally revealed itself to me. I must admit, making the transition was a very scary event, and opening a law practice just before the Great Recession hit was not fun.
In any event, one of the things that I really enjoy about my law office is the ability to have total control about my marketing, my message, how I communicate with clients, the ability to educate...basically the ability to call all the shots. Unlike my former law office, now I have total control over how I do things. While there are certainly burdens associated with being ultimately responsible for everything, there are definite benefits to "being your own boss."
One of the things I most enjoy is the marketing of my law office. For example, this website is managed by me, and pretty much all the content on the website was authored by me. This video above is no exception. Like I said, I really enjoy marketing so I had a lot of fun making this "animated" short promotional video for my personal injury practice. I hope you enjoy it too. It's the story of Frank.
If you need guidance with your personal injury matter, please don't hesitate to contact my office. We will let you know if we can help. Call (661) 414-7100 anytime to see if we can assist you. We serve all of Los Angeles County, particularly the Santa Clarita area and its communities of Valencia, Saugus, Canyon Country, Castaic, Newhall and Stevenson Ranch.
Hello everybody, this is Robert Mansour, and today's video we're going to talk about whether or not bringing a personal injury case is worth it.
Some clients find that it's not worth their time. They come to my initial consultation and say, one client recently said "well, listen, if I don't get $10,000 dollars in my pocket after all is said and done, then this is not worth it for me. So what do you think?"
I told him "well, then it's not worth it for you because I can't guarantee the result in your case. Your case probably won't be worth anywhere near $10,000 dollars. I don't know. But I certainly can't guarantee you some kind of result."
So if you're looking for a guaranteed result, you shouldn't waste your time because there's too many variables when it comes to these kinds of cases. So in some ways, if you have a number in mind, you need to let go of that number or just not proceed at all.
Other clients say "look, I'm not in this for the money. I don't really care. I don't want to make a million dollars. I just want to get fair compensation. I just want somebody to pay for my medical bills and maybe a little bit in my pocket, and certainly pay the attorney for his or her time."
Some clients, it's just worth it for them so they don't have to deal with the insurance company. Now in that case, it might be worth it for you as well.
But you need to talk about these things with your attorney and you need to kind of talk about your expectations. You need to have a lawyer who will give you a realistic expectation and not just tell you anything you want to hear simply to get the case. Because here's the thing. Some lawyers know that they're going to make money regardless of the case that they take and they don't really have their client's best interest in mind.
If a lawyer's going to tell you something like "hey, I'm not really sure this is going to be worth your effort and worth your time, and these are some of the things that might go wrong with your case", that's a lawyer you should listen to because they're giving you a realistic assessment and not just painting a rosy picture for you.
So whether it's worth it or not kind of depends on your own expectations.
Make sure you talk with your lawyer, and then you can make an educated decision.
Again, this has been Robert Mansour. If you want to learn more about my practice or ask me some questions regarding personal injury, all of my contact information is located below on the screen. You can also visit my website at www.valencialawyer.com.
Thank you very much for watching this brief video. (Call our Santa Clarita injury office today at (661) 414-7100 to see if we can assist you).
by Robert Mansour
Robert Mansour is a personal injury lawyer serving Santa Clarita, Valencia, Saugus, Canyon Country, Newhall, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic and surrounding communities.