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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Kelley

WHY DOES A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER DO WHAT THEY DO?

People sometimes wonder why a personal injury lawyer does what a personal injury lawyer does. We hear "How could you do that?" Or, worse, "How can you do that and still sleep at night?" A mentor of mine from early in my career helped me with the perfect answer to questions like this.


My mentor said that the passion that we have for our cases is that we know that while we are representing an injured person or the family of a person who died from their injuries in the kinds of cases we typically handle, our cases often have a broader effect on society. Yes, we are here to provide a remedy or compensation to our individual clients on a case-by-case basis. But, when we represent a case, we actually speak for the entire community. We let it be known that we are not going to tolerate a particular negligent act, or a particular unlawful act. Or, we let it be known that a person's life or safety and well-being are worthy of monetary compensation. That's an important message that we convey in our cases, and it gets back to the fact that we are passionate about what we do for our clients, as well as what our clients' cases do for the broader society.

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