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If you have seen billboards where South Florida firms and lawyers from different states are advertising heavily for “personal injury” clients, my advice would be: BE CAREFUL!

Often, the only thing these law firms want is volume! The more cases the better! Sign up whoever calls! Then the law firm will put together a “demand package” and hope the case settles. When the insurance company refuses to settle the out of state law firm will simply fire the client, saying we can longer represent you.

These firms are simply trying to get a quick settlement so they can close the file and move on to the next case.

One example: A mother and father of a four year old who slipped and fell in a Pensacola restaurant recently called our firm because their South Florida firm sent them a letter saying “Our office is not in the position to further represent your daughter, therefore we are closing our file and will proceed no further with it.” That was just the second letter the South Florida firm sent. The first letter was sent two months earlier to the insurance carrier for the restaurant. It said “The restaurant is clearly at fault, and we view this as a case of 100% liability. …We feel this case has a reasonable settlement value in excess of your policy for 500,000.00 for which we hereby demand.”

The insurance carrier responded by saying “The restaurant is not at fault.”

In response the South Florida Law firm sent the second letter, firing the client.

The law firm you choose to represent you, should be interested in representing you, and not just trying to make some quick money. You should sit down and meet with the lawyer who is going to represent you. If they don’t have time to meet with you, they do not have time to adequately represent you. You should ask the lawyer what will happen if the insurance company chooses not to settle, or offers a settlement that is not fair? If the answer is well then you will have to find another law firm, YOU NEED TO FIND ANTOHER LAW FIRM!

The Kerrigan Estess Rankin McLeod and Thompson law firm is made up of the five attorneys in the name of the firm. We do not have associates. I am 55 years old and am the youngest attorney in the firm. I have been here for over 20 years and I don’t plan on going anywhere.

Randle D. Thompson
Kerrigan, Estess, Rankin, McLeod & Thompson, LLP