I regularly attend social events in DeLand Florida, and people often ask me what type of law I practice. I proudly tell them that I practice both criminal law and personal injury. Some people look confused because they are used to seeing firms that advertise personal injury on billboards, radio and television commercials, and the internet. I have many reasons for choosing these two areas of the law, but I have a very special reason for practicing personal injury.
Prior to going to law school, I worked for a personal injury firm as what is called a “sign up representative.” My job was to travel to homes and hospitals to meet with injury victims, discuss their needs, their pain, and their issues, and ask that they consider hiring my boss to help. Prior to setting foot in a law school class, I learned the importance of having a strong, knowledgeable, and helpful attorney on your side when you have been injured in an accident. I learned that after the accident, not only are people’s bodies broken, but so is their mental health, and their ability to enjoy their day to day activities, tasks, and routines.
It was not until many years later, in 2016, that this really hit home for me. I was in the midst of training for a charity bicycle ride through Central Florida when I was struck by a car on the Seminole Wekiva Trail in Lake Mary, Florida. I was in a cross walk, lawfully abiding the traffic rules, when a car entered and struck me on my rear tire. I remember flying through the air, it seemed so slow as if I had time to think about how it would feel when I finally hit the concrete. I remember adrenaline rushing through my body and getting up immediately to assess the damage. I looked at each limb on my body like I was watching a horror movie. I did not want to look, but I had to. At the moment after the accident, I did not feel immediate pain, but I knew that things were not right. I could not hold my cell phone in my right arm and my wrist and my hand did not seem to match up anymore. My pants were ripped and I had a large dent in my helmet. At first, I thought I could just get myself to the hospital, but I what I did not realize is that there might have been greater, more dangerous issues going on inside my body.
After the accident, the person who hit me with his car got out of his car, accosted me, yelled at me, and ultimately left the scene of the accident. I had to call 911 myself and ask for an ambulance. Later, I asked the Florida Highway Patrol officer who helped me how often a person will leave the scene of an accident, and he replied to me that it happens “daily.” Before I even left the ambulance, my attorney instincts had kicked in. I contacted the private investigators who have worked with my firm since the day I opened to help me locate the individual who hit me. We were able to find him, take pictures of his vehicle, and have him questioned by the police within about thirty-six hours.
This was the first time I became one of the hundreds of people I visited before I went to law school. By the time I was discharged from the hospital after being admitted for less than 8 hours, I had already racked up approximately $46,000.00 in hospital bills. I was scared, frustrated, and in immense physical pain.
I ended up breaking my arm, severely bruising my leg, was in pain all over my body, and had road rash on my face. The person who hit me only carried $10,000.00 in bodily injury coverage, which is the minimum requirement in the State of Florida. I only carried $50,000.00 in UM coverage, which was barely enough to cover my hospital bill, much less the orthopaedic surgeon, the rehabilitation, and the prescriptions.
I learned the importance of protecting yourself. I more than tripled my uninsured motorist coverage after the officer told me how often people leave the scene of the accident, and my premiums did not raise all that much. I learned the importance of having a knowledgeable and strong attorney on your side. Even though my insurance was going to cover the accident, they sure did not go down without a senseless fight to give me the bare minimum.
So the reason I handle both personal injury and criminal law is because both of those areas of law give me the intrinsic award of being able to help people. Leaving life as a prosecutor does not afford many opportunities to truly help someone out. But these two areas of law do. I have trained my skills to be able to help those who need my services, and I proudly represent those to who hire my firm.The Thompson Law Approach
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