This is one of those areas of law that is
very specialized. There are no other attorneys out there like
us who have been at this more than 15 years. And so we have compiled, across that time,
a variety of experiences in litigation in all parts of the country.
It simply gives us a fund of knowledge that nobody else has.
A lot of it is detective work. The single greatest challenge in foodborne illness cases
is connecting the dots. Identifying the source of the illness, tying
it to a particular product, and demonstrating that you client has been exposed to that product.
What is critical to a client who has a foodborne illness claim is to get that most knowledgeable
attorney who not only has the expertise, but has the leverage to deal with the big corporate
interests that are typically behind foodborne illness outbreaks.
It gives us an advantage when it comes to negotiating the best outcome, and that’s
a lot of what you are getting when you hire an attorney, is the knowledge of how to deal
with insurance companies in order to get the most dollars.
If that sounds sort of cold and business-like, in the end of most legal claims, that’s
what it comes down to. It is a business negotiation, and you better have somebody who is knowledgeable
and hard-nosed on your side of the table, or you are not going to get the best outcome
possible. We know where we want to go in every claim,
and we do a lot of discussion and strategizing in this firm to figure out the most direct
route to get there. Most of our cases settle rather than end up
in lawsuits because defendants know who we are, how good we are, and, to tell you the
truth, they don’t want to deal with us in a courtroom.