Almost without exception, Mr. Meyers' clients have never contemplated bringing a lawsuit before their first meeting at the firm. Clients often say, "You know, we have never done anything like this before", or, "I have never thought of suing someone." Those feelings are natural and, although the insurance industry would have the public believe otherwise, most people are not litigious or "sue happy."
A Client arrives at Mr. Meyers' office only because a tragedy (not of the Client's choosing) has occurred, not because the Client "wants" to have a lawsuit. Understanding those feelings is important for the lawyer representing a catastrophically injured client, or the Estate of a loved one who has died unexpectedly. It is the lawyer's job to not only aggressively represent his clients interests, but – perhaps more importantly – to compassionately guide them through the litigation process ultimately reaching a resolution of the only case they will ever have.
The reality of the litigation process today is at least ninety percent of all cases settle. Outstanding results are only obtained through the meticulous preparation of the case every day until it is completed. The understanding of complex, scientific, medical, and technical issues through collaboration and consultation with renowned expert witnesses is the heart of case preparation. Very few attorneys deal constantly with complex scientific and technical issues. The attorney representing a seriously injured client must understand exactly what went wrong. The answer to that question absolutely requires the attorney to understand the science and it does not matter whether the attorney is dealing with a medical question or a complex engineering or technical issue. It is only through a understanding of the science that the attorney can critically evaluate a client's case and develop successful litigation strategies to ensure outstanding results.
The answer to the "what went wrong?" question is important, but it is equally important to understand the impact that the tragedy has had upon the injured client and his family. Understanding the full impact may require economic projections as to the loss of earnings, the cost of future medical care, and many other possible economic losses. The attorney representing the catastrophically injured client is only doing half his job if he obtains the answer to what went wrong, but fails to fully develop issues relating to the impact of the injury.