Intimidated By Contacting An Arizona Car Accident Lawyer? Don't Be...
UPDATED: February 20, 2020
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Contacting an Arizona car accident attorney means waiting in the lobby of a fancy office building and being greeted by an attorney in a three piece suit with a bow tie, right? Wrong. While that may have been the case in 1982, it certainly isn't now. So, if you're intimidated by contacting an attorney to discuss your situation, you shouldn't be. After you read what this Arizona attorney told us, you'll see why.
Dave Wattel: A roll-up-the-sleeve kind of lawyer
Dave Wattel, an Arizona attorney who has been handling plaintiffs' cases exclusively for over 20 years, says that people should never be intimidated by contacting his firm. He explained why:
We're very approachable. In fact, I donï¿½t wear a tie to the office unless Iï¿½m going to court. Iï¿½m the roll-up-the-sleeve, work hard every single day like everybody else out there kind of guy. I work hard for my clients and I donï¿½t need to impress by wearing a $1,000 suit and tie ensemble. Quite the contrary. I want clients to understand that I am their partner and I will be their friend.
The reason I say that is is because friends and partners donï¿½t screw their friends and partners. I am going to do whatever is necessary to make sure that my client, my friend, the partnership that weï¿½ve developed, not only survives, but thrives. Because if the shoe is on the other foot, thatï¿½s how I would expect them to deal with me.
The benefits of truly understanding your situation
Wattel is emphatic that he truly must understand a client's situation in order to best serve them. He told us that he's a client's mouthpiece and unless he understands and has essentially walked in their moccasins, he won't know what to do on their behalf. He provided this example:
I tell a story to clients all the time that I buy a pair of shoes at a department store for $100. I walk down the mall to another department store, and there, coincidentally, is the same pair of shoes on sale for $95.
I can afford the extra $5 I've paid, but I feel like I got ripped off. I donï¿½t ever want to feel that way and I donï¿½t want my clients to feel that way. So the reason I give this information is so that a client understands that when he calls us that, 1) if I can't help him, I'm going to tell him so, 2) I'm not going to lead him down the primrose path to disappointment, and 3) I'm going to give them good, sold free advice to begin with.
The detriments of waiting too long
Getting yourself back on your feet is obviously your number one priority after being involved in an auto accident. However, waiting too long to contact an attorney can be detrimental. Wattel explained why:
If a client does not call early on, they may have screwed up their ability to be made whole on their property damage, because now aftermarket parts are on their vehicle or theyï¿½ve not been able to pursue the diminished value claim because thereï¿½s not now enough property damage coverage left after paying the body shop. In addition, they may not have gotten to the appropriate medical providers or thereï¿½s been a delay in treatment, which an insurance company is going to jump all over down the line. There are many things that should be done from the very beginning and only an experienced attorney is going to be able to guide correctly.
Some insurance companies try to have people sign things that unknowingly waive their rights. Some try to get recorded statements and those statements could be used against the individual down the line. Thatï¿½s something we protect against early on in representation.
Has your attorney served you well?
Wattel told us that if he thinks he can help somebody out, itï¿½s with the understanding that he's going to pursue this claim for them so that they donï¿½t feel like they got ripped off or taken. He said:
I can very selfishly say at the end of the day that I have served you well and that you are so satisfied with my representation that youï¿½re going to tell friends and family about what good attorneys we are if, God forbid, theyï¿½re involved in an accident or an injury that requires representation. That is our absolute agenda.
I grew up in the restaurant business where customer service is the mantra, and thatï¿½s what we follow here. It all comes down to this ï¿½ if youï¿½ve been injured at the hands of somebody else, weï¿½ll be happy to help you find a way to collect.