Everyone loves a fighter. Someone who, when faced with great tragedy, hardship, or injustice, doesn’t just lie down and give up, but shoulders on and fights back. That’s why the story of Adrianne Haslet, a Boston Marathon bombing victim, is so compelling. The bomb blast blew off her left foot – a devastating loss — especially since she is a ballroom dance instructor.
But Adrianne is a fighter. She told the Boston Herald, “I absolutely want to dance again!” Do you doubt her?! She elaborated, “I just want people to know that you can come out of a situation that might seem like the end of the world and come out stronger.”
But why is Adrianne featured in my New York personal injury lawyer blog? Because Adrianne would make a perfect personal injury client. We all love fighters, and juries are no different. That’s why personal injury victims who fight back from an injury, who try to rehabilitate themselves, who try to remake their lives, fare better in Court than those who wallow in misery and self-pity.
Many people assume that personal injury lawyers like me coach our clients to moan, groan and complain, to “play up” their injuries to the jury. Nothing could be further from the truth. No one likes a whiner. Good personal injury lawyers hardly have their clients talk about their injuries on the stand at all. They let their doctors, friends, neighbors and family members describe how the injuries have affected the client.
Yes, juries respect fighters, and reward them. I have been fortunate in that most of my clients fall into the “fighter” category. I am proud to represent them. I love telling their story to the jury. And the last thing I want them to do is whine in front of the jury.
I want my legless client to tell the jury how she is going to dance again! I want them to be like Adrianne Haslet. Hats off to you, Adrianne.
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Michael G. Bersani, Esq.
michaels-smolak.com Central NY Personal Injury Lawyers Michaels & Smolak, P.C.